The current energy transition is consumer-driven and solar power provides a concrete solution for it to succeed.
With the dramatic cost decrease of solar, European households and businesses can control their energy bills by producing their own energy. Self-consumption protects consumers against volatile energy prices; it increases retail competition and helps new business models to emerge; and it drives demand-side flexibility, for the benefit of network operators.
Because we believe that consumers can and should become active players of the energy transition, SolarPower Europe has started a dialogue with consumers organisations, demand-side flexibility providers and citizens initiatives to explore how to make solar accessible to all.
What we do to empower consumers:
- We have made concrete proposals on how national schemes should promote self-consumption, and how the European Commission can steer this development;
- We participate in the London Forum for the Energy Consumers and in the European Commissions Working Group on Consumers as Market Energy Agents;
- We explore new business models for different consumers segments through the PV FINANCING project.
- We demonstrate that solar prosumers can provide services to network operators;
- We make sure distributed generation is visible in the European debate, via regular events and workshops.