Grids

Solar PV penetration in the grid is accelerating faster than ever

Solar PV penetration in the grid is accelerating faster than ever: in 2021 we installed the most PV in Europe in history and the annual market growth will continue exponentially. By 2025, solar PV will be the leading installed energy capacity in Europe, according to the IEA.

This will represent a challenge for the grid. To connect an increased amount of projects, Europe will need to accelerate investments into its power infrastructure modernisation and development. Flexibility resources are increasingly needed in the electricity system.

The future electricity system will be increasingly decentralised and integrated. Electrification of end-uses, such as heating or transport, represent an opportunity for a higher integration with local solar generation. Solar prosumers and energy communities are developing to optimise energy consumption and generation at local level.

The solar industry is highly innovative and ready to take the 100% renewable, decentralised energy system challenge.

In SolarPower Europe's 100% renewable electricity scenarios , 85% of electricity is generated within the region where demand originates.

Investments in power grids in 2020-2030, including in smart grids and digitalisation of the grid, need to triple compared to the last decade

Flexibility sources, such as battery storage and demand-side response, need to increase dramatically to at least 4,500 TWh of storage output by 2050.

The advanced capabilities of solar technologies make a 100% renewable energy system possible, more economically efficient than alternative scenarios.

The Grids workstream

The Grids workstream

SolarPower Europe’s Grids workstream explores how to integrate more solar PV in the energy system and will pave the way towards the future, decentralised, decarbonised electricity system based on 100% renewable electricity. Working with members, SolarPower Europe prospects how planning practices, grid connection procedures and requirements, and grid tariffs must modernise to optimise investment into grid deployment and incentivise use of wire alternatives. The workstream will propose a strategy to develop decentralised solar capacity and prosumers in Europe, unlocking their flexibility potential.

The workstream will also represent the solar industry to European TSOs, DSO organisations and energy regulators, and feed into ENTSO-E European Stakeholders Committees in charge of the implementation of European network codes. The workstream will also contribute to the drafting of future European network codes, on Demand-Side Flexibility, Cybersecurity and Data interoperability.

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"Now is the moment to contribute to the future of a decarbonised European energy system. There are various important legislative projects like the Fit-for-55 Package and the Gas Decarbonisation Package."

Torsten Knop - EON and Chair of the Grids workstream

Interview with Torsten Knop, chair of the Grids Workstream

Now is the moment to contribute to the future of a decarbonised European energy system. There are various important legislative projects like the Fit-for-55 Package and the Gas Decarbonisation Package.

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Grids workstream Chair
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