SolarPower Europe launches Grids Workstream to accelerate the transition to a renewables-based energy system

SolarPower Europe has launched a new workstream that focuses on the future of European power grids, with the objective of facilitating the integration of more solar PV and decentralised energy systems, in order to develop a climate-resilient electricity grid infrastructure and support the EU’s climate-neutrality target.
Due to its low-costs and scalability, solar will be at the core of the future European energy system and is set to generate at least 63% of Europe’s electricity generation in 2050 according to LUT University and SolarPower Europe’s ‘100% renewable Europe’ study. The development of a modern and robust grid infrastructure will be needed to ensure the integration of large volumes of solar PV in the energy system. SolarPower Europe’s Grids Workstream will explore the upcoming challenges as well as the existing solutions to the grid integration of solar.

Torsten Knop, the Chair of the Grids Workstream and Head of European Regulation/Projects at  Innogy, said: “The transition towards a renewable and decentralised European energy system in line with the EU’s energy and climate targets will require investments in a modern grid infrastructure and ‘smart’ technologies. It will also require to take into account the potential of local flexibility sources, in grid design, development and operation. Solar – with installations of all sizes from small to large – is the perfect partner for DSO to make Energy System Integration a reality at local and regional level.”

Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor and Grids Workstream CoordinatorSolarPower Europe commented: “SolarPower Europe Grids Workstream will put forward our 2030 vision for Europe’s grids, that will incorporate innovative network management strategies and address the main challenges and opportunities to grid integration of solar PV. Further, the workstream will also develop policy recommendations and facilitate the dialogue between the solar industry, grid operators and EU policymakers within relevant frameworks, such as ENTSO-E or the upcoming EU DSO body.”

SolarPower Europe’s Grid Workstream was launched during the webinar “Decentralised, Smarter, Greener: the 2030 European grid” with speakers from Bloomberg New Finance, Innogy, ENTSO-E, First Solar and Solarcentury

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