Digitalisation
and Solar

The energy sector has begun a fundamental transformation from an old analogue system to a fully digital network. Solar will drive this change as it offers new ways of selling, controlling and gaining revenue from smart installations.

The digital revolution will change the way solar businesses operate by providing a new vision for smart solutions, which can help increase the profitability of traditional power plants. Solar is contributing to a more efficient and sustainable energy system.

Digitalisation will also change our industrial processes, paving the way towards a 4.0 solar industry.

The digital revolution breaks the traditional borders between sectors, providing solar companies with a whole new world to explore. Through our digitalisation taskforce, SolarPower Europe is developing the answers to the following questions and many others:

  • What are the opportunities and barriers for solar that arise from smart meters, smart buildings and smart grids, and how can more digital solar offerings help projects increase profitability?
  • What will the solar industry 4.0 look like, and how can we improve our own processes?
  • How will digital technology connect solar with other small-scale generation technologies?
  • How will solar and demand response interact to form fully aggregated Virtual Power Plants?
  • How can Blockchain technology fundamentally change how electricity markets operate?

Join SolarPower Europe’s Digitalisation and Solar Task Force

The aim of the Digitalisation and Solar Task Force is to ensure that the solar sector in Europe takes the opportunities arising from the digitalisation of the energy system. If you are interested in joining this task force, contact Sonia Dunlop

Objectives:

  • Foster the development of new solar and digital technologies and business models (peer to peer trading, blockchain)
  • Promote digitalisation as an enabler for more flexible and cost-efficient electricity markets
  • Accelerate the deployment of smart grid technologies, and the integration of solar and storage services
  • Ensure that all market players can have access to metering and consumption data necessary for the development of new solar services, while guaranteeing state of the art and up-to-date data protection and cybersecurity standards.
  • Develop a reflection at the EU-level on standards and interoperability regarding smart solar systems, smart buildings and smart grids
  • Ensure that solar and digital technologies will play their full part in the decarbonisation and inter-connection of key sectors of the economy; transport, buildings, and industry (sector coupling)

Deliverables:

  • The World’s First report on Digitalisation and Solar
  • The Solar Industry’s Seven Digital Commitments
  • The Solar Industry’s 10 regulatory Asks on Solar and Digitalisation
  • Go Digital Declaration
  • Regulatory Best Practices to unlock the potential of Digital Solar (2018)

"Digitalisation is a major opportunity for solar, not least because it is a means of integrating more PV into the grid, gaining system-wide benefits and new revenues for solar installations."

Professor Bernd Engel, SMA Solar Technology

Digitalisation & Solar Task Force leader

Go Digital Declaration

50 leading companies have announced their support for further digitalisation of the solar and energy sector. SolarPower Europe’s ‘Go Digital’ declaration was officially handed over to Megan Richards, Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy, European Commission at the SolarPower Summit 2018.

Photo: Aurelie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe with Megan Richards, Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy, European Commission at the SolarPower Summit 2018.

Interview with Alison Finch, Huawei Solar Europe on digitalisation commitments

Resources

Press Releases

European Solar Market Grows 28% in 2017

Turkey leading solar market European countries installed at least 8.61 GW of solar power systems in 2017 – that is a 28% increase in comparison

Presentations

New digital solar business models

11 December 2017 – Online webinar Free for members! In this webinar we will looked at new and improved business models for solar that arise

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