Solar
and Storage

Solar and storage are a perfect partnership. Storage extends solar’s power beyond the time the sun is in the sky, allowing energy producers to use solar 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This opens up a whole new world of opportunities for solar, allowing solar technologies to be used to their full potential.

Self-consumption will be the driver for solar demand in the European Union; small-scale electric storage solutions will have a crucial role in expanding onsite consumption. At the same time, utility-scale battery storage will be increasingly used in providing additional services for stabilizing the grid when using large amounts of flexible solar power. Moreover, Solar & Storage is the key to enabling a renewable baseload, while also reducing costs for networks. This will also lead to stable electricity prices and the empowerment of consumers and businesses.

With increasing cost-competitiveness of solar-plus-storage solutions, more European citizens will have access to the clean energy power of these technologies. We will undoubtedly see an important increase of energy prosumers – citizens that both produce and consume their own energy – as solar and storage offer opportunities to decrease European citizen’s energy bill while increasing predictability of their energy supply. Solar and storage will be at the core of the new energy system.

Join SolarPower Europe’s Solar and Storage Task Force

In order to unlock the full potential of Solar & Storage, the proper policy and regulatory framework must be put in place. The objective of the Solar and Storage Task Force is to identify and promote key policy asks for the reform of the electricity market design.

If you are interested in joining this task force, contact Raffaele Rossi

Objectives:

  • Help understand the benefits and synergies provided by solar and storage and ensure that markets recognise their value;
  • Disseminate knowledge on solar and storage through the publication of position papers, the drafting of factsheets to bust myths about commonly perceived issues on the topic, and the organisation of events – including our annual Digital Solar & Storage Conference;
  • Engage with solar and storage stakeholders and EU policymakers, facilitating dialogue to remove barriers on the way to a flexible, distributed, clean-powered European Union based on solar and storage.

Did you know that:​

  • In some EU countries, the price of storage has fallen over 60% since late 2014 – and these prices are expected to drop another 50-60% by 2030.
  • Germany is one of the fastest growing markets for residential battery storage, close to 100,000 solar storage systems are forecasted to be installed by 2018.
  • The energy storage market will see rapid expansion in the next years: the global storage market is forecast to grow to at least $250 billion by 2040.

"By pairing solar with storage, the European Union can continue to increase the renewable penetration, while still being able to provide reliable, clean, and cost-effective energy to its all energy consumers during times of peak demand.”

Marcus Müller - Tesla

Solar & Storage Task Force Leader

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Resources

Reports

Global Market Outlook 2018-2022

SolarPower Europe’s annual award-winning Global Market Outlook for Solar Power is the most authoritative market analysis report for the global solar power sector. With comprehensive

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Solar and storage 10 policy priorities

How can the EU framework truly empower consumers?

Solar, the new Gateway to the decentralised Energy System report

Solar and storage policy asks and the proposed Directive and Regulation on the internal market in electricity

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