Synergies between solar and battery energy storage are huge and will open up new opportunities in the power sector. As self consumption will be the dominant driver for solar demand in Europe, small-scale electric storage solutions will play a crucial role in expanding onsite consumption. At the same time, utility-scale battery storage will play an increasing role in providing ancillary services for stabilizing the grid when using large amounts of flexible solar power.
SolarPower Europe - which represents solar companies, utilities and storage companies already active in energy storage - will create through its Task Force on SolarPower and Storage a platform that strives for bringing together leading stakeholders in that field to formulate clear policy asks and ensure that the proper regulatory framework is created for the further growth of solar power.
The Task Force aims to:
- Identify and promote policy asks with the aim to influence the negotiation of the market design reform, which will be presented in December 2016 by the European Commission
- Explore how the value of solar electricity can be maximized via small- and utility-scale energy storage while ensuring that all dimensions of stored electricity can be properly remunerated by the market
- Facilitate debate with key EU decision makers and build coalitions to achieve our objectives
- Ensure the necessary dissemination activities, in particular via specific workshops and events organized in 2017.
If you are interested in further information on the Task Force please contact Thomas Doering