Defending small renewable installations in EuropE
Small-scale renewable installations on homes, schools and hospitals are key drivers of the European energy transition. Yet, a proposal in the Clean Energy Package threatens to undermine the smallest renewables installations in the EU. In November 2017, SolarPower Europe initiated the Small is Beautiful campaign to support small-scale renewable installations and cogeneration facilities in Europe. The aim of the campaign is to safeguard regulatory incentives such as priority dispatch, for small-scale installations. The Small is Beautiful campaign is led by 20 leading renewable cities and citizens associations.
About the campaign
In December 2017, the European Council proposed to remove priority dispatch and enforce balancing responsibilities on small-scale renewables. This policy would place small-scale renewable installations at a huge disadvantage, as small players would be faced with substantial administrative and technical burdens. Creating barriers for small renewable installations will set back the European energy transition and the EU’s vision of industrial leadership in renewables.
A balanced approach recognising the benefits of small-scale, clean, and locally owned installations will be key to drive a digitalised, decarbonised and increasingly distributed energy system, empowering energy consumers across Europe. Small-scale renewable generation installations are also major job providers – in the solar sector alone, rooftop installations could deliver up to 150,000 jobs by 2021.
Join the Small is Beautiful campaign to support small renewable installations by calling for a policy that will see small renewables thrive in Europe!
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Photos: Village in Bulgaria © Bulgarian Solar Association (top left), Integrated solar for House of Dun Montrose © Forster Energy, City of the Sun District in the Netherlands © frans lemmens , Centre commercial caserne de Bonne, Grenoble © Olivier Morin
Proposed EU electricity market design regulation