Digitalisation
and Solar

The energy sector has begun a fundamental transformation from an old analogue system to a fully digital network.

The energy transition and the digital transition must therefore go hand in hand – and policymakers must think smart and provide solutions for a fully flexible energy system based on zero marginal cost renewables such as solar.

Solar is already contributing to a more efficient and sustainable energy system and will be crucial for a successful energy transition as it empowers citizens and offers new ways of selling, controlling and gaining revenue from smart installations.

The digital revolution breaks the traditional borders between sectors, providing solar companies with a whole new world to explore. Through our Digitalisation Task Force, SolarPower Europe is developing the answers to the following questions and many others:

  • What are the opportunities and barriers for solar that arise from smart meters, smart buildings and smart grids, and how can more digital solar offerings help projects increase profitability?
  • What will the solar industry 4.0 look like and how can we improve our own processes?
  • How will digital technology connect solar with other small-scale generation technologies?
  • How will solar and demand response interact to form fully aggregated Virtual Power Plants?
  • How can Blockchain technology fundamentally change how electricity markets operate?

Join SolarPower Europe’s Digitalisation and Solar Task Force

The aim of the Digitalisation and Solar Task Force is to ensure that the solar sector in Europe takes the opportunities arising from the digitalisation of the energy system.

If you are interested in joining this Task Force, contact Mercè Labordena.

Objectives:

  • Foster the development of new solar and digital technologies and business models (peer to peer trading, blockchain)
  • Promote digitalisation as an enabler for more flexible and cost-efficient electricity markets
  • Accelerate the deployment of smart grid technologies, and the integration of solar and storage services
  • Ensure that all market players can have access to metering and consumption data necessary for the development of new solar services, while guaranteeing state of the art and up-to-date data protection and cybersecurity standards
  • Develop a reflection at the EU-level on standards and interoperability regarding smart solar systems, smart buildings and smart grids
  • Ensure that solar and digital technologies will play their full part in the decarbonisation and inter-connection of key sectors of the economy; transport, buildings, and industry (sector coupling)

Deliverables:

  • The World’s first report on Digitalisation and Solar
  • The Solar Industry’s Seven Digital Commitments
  • The Solar Industry’s 10 regulatory Asks on Solar and Digitalisation
  • Go Digital Declaration
  • Regulatory Best Practices to unlock the potential of Digital Solar (2018)

"Digitalisation is a major opportunity for solar, not least because it is a means of integrating more PV into the grid, gaining system-wide benefits and new revenues for solar installations."

Professor Bernd Engel, SMA Solar Technology

Digitalisation & Solar Task Force leader

Go Digital Declaration

50 leading companies have announced their support for further digitalisation of the solar and energy sector. SolarPower Europe’s ‘Go Digital’ declaration was officially handed over to Megan Richards, Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy, European Commission at the SolarPower Summit 2018.

Photo: Aurelie Beauvais, Policy Director, SolarPower Europe with Megan Richards, Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy, European Commission at the SolarPower Summit 2018.

DIGITALISATION & solar in emerging markets

This joint report from SolarPower Europe’s Emerging Markets Task Force and Digitalisation & Solar Task Force focuses on the convergence of digital technology and solar in the context of emerging markets globally.

In pictures:

Digital Solar & Storage 2019

When Solar Policy went digital

This report looks specifically at how policymakers and regulators from across Europe can and are encouraging innovative digital business models in the solar PV ecosystem.

Resources

Reports

Digitalisation & Solar in Mexico

SolarPower Europe and ASOLMEX launched their new report ‘Digitalisation & Solar in Mexico’ at Intersolar Mexico on 3 September. Solar is helping to drive the

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