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Editorial: “Next Generation EU” Kick-starting a Solar-Powered Recovery

By Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director @SolarPowerA 

Photo: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission at the extraordinary Plenary of the European Parliament on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and the Recovery Instrument © European Union, 2020

On 27 May, the European Commission unveiled the details of its new recovery instrument, ‘Next Generation EU’, which through a combination of loans and grants aims to provide the funds necessary for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The instrument includes a two-year €750 billion COVID-19 recovery fund, alongside a new €1.1 billion 2021-2028 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal, and a revised work programme for 2020.

The European Green Deal, the EU’s long-term framework to achieve a climate-neutral EU by 2050, will be at the core of the EU’s recovery strategy.  The rolling out of renewable energy projects, such as solar, are explicitly cited as a key pillar of the recovery strategy and to Europe’s future prosperity and resilience in general.

What does the recovery instrument mean for solar?

Particularly positive for solar is the announcement of a ‘Recovery and resilience facility’, granted with a ‘560bn strike force’ to support Member States investments and reforms towards the green and digital transition, in this difficult period. This instrument will provide up to 310bn support under the form of grants, and 250bn under the form of loans, which can be mobilized to support National Energy and Climate Plans and bridge the renewable investment gap due to the COVID crisis, supporting the realization of delayed auctions or halted solar projects. This recovery and Resilience facility could help boosting the deployment of utility scale projects or developing ambitious rooftop solar programs in line with the upcoming renovation wave initiative.

Another important instrument is the ‘Strategic Investment Facility’, which seeks to unlock €150 billion of investments in clean energy technologies such as renewables, battery storage and hydrogen. With the Commission further pledging to fast-track the ‘Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Alliance’, we need to make sure that the Strategic Investment Facility supports a future-proof hydrogen strategy, based on renewable electricity, which has zero greenhouse gas emissions and will increase the EU’s energy security.

Finally, the recovery instrument includes the proposal of doubling the infrastructure window in ‘InvestEU’, a much welcome initiative to support the deployment of a smart and climate resilient electricity grid infrastructure, as the backbone of a successful European energy transition.

Solar is ready to form the backbone of a green recovery in Europe

While the details of the recovery instrument are yet to be completely ironed out, ‘Next Generation EU’ is good news for the European solar sector which stands ready to be the backbone of a European Green Recovery. As the lowest cost and most easily deployed clean energy technology, solar already provides affordable and reliable energy to millions of businesses and citizens across Europe. Solar is also one of the most job-rich energy technologies today, with the potential to create 4 million jobs in Europe by 2050, with the appropriate policy framework in place. 

Our recent study with LUT University, ’100% Renewable Europe’, shows that Europe can achieve climate neutrality before 2050 with 100% renewable energy system, which will result in the sharpest decline in GHG emissions, and result in lower per unit energy costs compared to less ambitious transition pathways.

To unleash this potential,, SolarPower Europe has been advocating strongly for a green recovery over the past months. In March, SolarPower Europe, together with 31 associations from the renewable and energy efficiency sectors, delivered a joint proposal on how the European Commission can build on the European Green Deal’s priorities, in order to develop an economic stimulus package. SolarPower Europe was also one of the signatories of the ‘European alliance for a green recovery’ initiative of Pascal Canfin, Chair of the Environment Committee at the European Parliament, together with 180 political decision-makers, business leaders, trade unions, NGOs, and think tanks.

What’s next for the European Commission’s recovery instrument?

Following the European Commission’s proposal, the European Council and European Parliament will debate the Commission’s plan, with discussions expected to begin in the near future. By 1 September 2020, the decision to increase of the current MFF to finance urgent actions will require European Council unanimity and consent from the European Parliament. By 1 January 2021, the decision to allow the Commission to borrow money on international capital markets will require European Council unanimity and ratification from national Parliaments.

SolarPower Europe’s team will work closely with EU institutions in the next months to ensure the smooth and timely implementation of the “Next Generation EU”, paving the way for a solar-powered EU recovery.

If you would like to receive exclusive updates on the progress of the EU’s recovery instrument and the most important policy issues for the solar sector, become a member of SolarPower Europe. Join us here or for more information contact Daniel Dang, Director of Business Development.

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Highlight: Join the Global Market Outlook Launch Conference

By Lorena Morales González, Events & Marketing Assistant @SolarPowerL

This year, on 16-17 June 2020, Intersolar Europe as part of The smarter E and SolarPower Europe will organise the Global Solar Market Outlook Launch Conference, a virtual event that will provide an update on the latest solar developments and 5-year markets forecasts.  

While solar is increasingly the lowest cost and fastest growing power generation technology in the world, the sector has been impacted heavily by COVID-19. After a presentation of the GMO 2020-2024 findings, high-profile panels will discuss the market developments and the COVID-19 impacts.  

We have also invited executives of the leading solar markets’ industry associations to give first-hand insights and discuss with the audience their views on solar demand in their countries. 

Learn more and pre-register:  

SolarPower Europe launches Solar Manufacturing Accelerator to boost solar PV manufacturing in Europe

By Molly Hope, Junior Communications and Social Media Advisor, @SolarPowerMolly

Photo: © Enel Green Power

On 12th May, SolarPower Europe announced the launch of our new ‘Solar Manufacturing Accelerator‘ platform aimed at accelerating the deployment of solar PV manufacturing projects in Europe. Coordinated by our Industrial Strategy Workstream, this project is open to all companies and organisations interested in developing or partnering on solar manufacturing.  The accelerator will be able to provide support to partner projects by  identifying partners and reaching out to financial investors, with an overall goal of increasing the number of solar PV manufacturing projects in Europe, and contributing to the success of the European Green Deal.

There is growing momentum for solar manufacturing in Europe and solar has been identified as a strategic value chain. This can be seen in our ‘100% Renewable Europe’ study released in April collaboration with LUT. The study highlights that as of 2040, solar PV will become the dominant source of electricity generation, and by 2050 it will reach at least 48% in a Laggard scenario and up to 63% in a Leadership scenario. Furthermore,  the recent letter from Ministers from Austria, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, and Spain calling for solar to be considered as a strategic value chain and receive support under COVID-19 recovery packages.

In light of this momentum, SolarPower Europe has set out to develop industry-led manufacturing projects by facilitating the identification of partners and the outreach to financial investors.  In addition, the project will communicate on the willingness to invest and engage in such projects from EU industries, to trigger the adequate industrial policy response. It is crucial that solar be included as a key pillar of the Green Deal and all green recovery packages.

With plans to present the Solar Manufacturing project portfolio to the European Commission later this month, the Accelerator project is ready to lead the way in solar PV manufacturing and achieving a climate neutral EU.

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New initiative: Choose Renewable Hydrogen

By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director @SolarPowerKris

Photo: Shutterstock

Eight industry leading companies, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope have launched “Choose Renewable Hydrogen”, a joint initiative highlighting the crucial role of renewables to ensure a sound economic recovery, aligned with the European Green Deal. Signatories called on the European Commission to make the right choices for Europe’s upcoming energy system integration and hydrogen strategy, harvesting the full potential of renewable electricity to fully decarbonise Europe.

The initiative urges that, amidst the COVID-19 health crisis and its economic implications, Europe prioritises the most efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective pathways to decarbonise its economy. Direct electrification will be the primary means for decarbonising heating and road transport, but there are other hard-to-abate sectors – such as some heavy industry, long-haul road transport, aviation, and shipping – where direct electrification is insufficient. Here renewable hydrogen will play a key role as the most cost-effective and sustainable solution for full decarbonisation.

Hydrogen produced in Europe via electrolysers powered by 100% renewable electricity, such as solar and wind, has zero greenhouse gas emissions or other pollution, increases the EU’s energy security, and, when produced by grid-connected renewables, presents an optimised form of sector coupling.

Furthermore, investment in renewable hydrogen has immense potential in terms of jobs and growth, particularly targeting European regions most affected by the energy transition. This is because Europe will expand the renewable electricity capacity needed for its production and technological development. The COVID-19 health crisis offers an opportunity for systemic change. As European leaders are now setting out stimulus plans to kick-start our economy to safeguard jobs and industries, and to ensure future growth, renewable hydrogen should be on the agenda, as the cleanest and most cost-effective means of decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors.

By making the right choices now and placing renewables at the core of the EU’s future energy system, Europe can lead the way in the global energy transformation and shape its Green Deal as a true European success story. The initiative “Choose Renewable Hydrogen” stands ready to deliver this vision.

The “Choose Renewable Hydrogen” initiative currently includes 10 companies and associations: Akuo Energy, BayWa r.e., EDP, Enel, Iberdrola, MHI Vestas, SolarPower Europe, Ørsted, Vestas and WindEurope.

Download CEO open letter

Learn more about the campaign at and join the conversation on social media using #RenewableHydrogen.

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Join SolarPower Europe at EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

By Lorena Morales González, Events & Marketing Assistant @SolarPowerL

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is the biggest event dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. The 15th edition of EUSEW will be held as a digital event on 22-26 June 2020.   

On 25 June, we are excited to present our session on ‘Spurring Europe’s Renovation Wave – how #BetterBuildingsEU can contribute to #EUGreenRecovery’, organised by SolarPower Europe, smartEn, EuroACE, EHPA, BPIE, EuropeOn, EBC, EU-ASE. 

This event aims at inspiring the policy debate on the “Renovation Wave” in the context of the European Green Recovery. 

A range of stakeholders will outline how energy efficient, flexible and renewable-based buildings should play a key role in any recovery plan while contributing to climate neutral, fostering industrial competitiveness, digital innovation, comfort and well-being of occupants. They will highlight the importance of an integrated approach to renovation to ensure buildings are highly energy-efficient, powered by renewable energy, smart and provide environmental, social and economic benefits to EU citizens and society. 

The timing of this EUSEW event is crucial. Even before the current crisis, the European Commission proposed, as part of its renovation wave initiative, to work with stakeholders through an open platform on strategies to ensure the renovation of existing buildings. The open platform will be set up after the first analysis by the European Commission of the long-term renovation strategies submitted by Member States in March 2020. 

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On 25 June from 11.00-12.30, we are organising together with WindEurope, ‘A robust solar and wind industrial base, underpinning the European Green Deal’

In December 2019 the European Commission put forward a proposal for a European Green Deal for the EU and its citizens.  

Today 75 per cent of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions come from energy: the decarbonisation of the EU economy will therefore rely on a large-scale deployment of cost-efficient and innovative renewable energy capacities. This will require Europe to think about its supply strategy for clean energy technologies. But it is also a unique opportunity to strengthen European leadership in the next generation of renewable energy technologies. With this perspective, the industrial strategy published by the Commission on March 10th acknowledges the need for “a more strategic approach to renewables”. 

This session will therefore focus on the opportunity of the European Green Deal for the renewable energy sector – and in particular for its manufacturing segment – in the context of the future EU industrial strategy and the economic stimulus packages. How will renewable energy contribute to decarbonisation and to a just transition? Where is European technological leadership today? What is the ­renewable industrial potential of the EU? And what should the European Union be doing to support the renewable energy industry? 

Learn more: 

We look forward to virtually meeting you at EUSEW 2020!  

100% Renewable Europe: Strong sectoral integration required

By Lukas Clark-Memler, Press and Communications Advisor, @SolarPowerLukas

SolarPower Europe and LUT University’s new report ‘100% Renewable Europe’ shows that it is entirely possible to achieve a 100% renewables scenario in which Europe meets the climate-neutrality target before 2050. The report also finds that a 100% renewable energy system is the most cost-efficient way to become climate neutral in Europe by 2050, with levelised costs of energy 5-6% lower than in a less ambitious scenario.

Importantly, the report points out, a 100% renewable energy system requires strong sectoral integration, with efforts needed to increase electrification and battery storage, and to decarbonise the heating and transport sectors.

We spoke with Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric, Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA), William Todts, Executive Director of Transport and Environment (T&E) and Francesco Gattiglio, Director EU Affairs & Policy from the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (Eurobat) about the strong need for sectorial integration for a 100% renewable Europe.

The report shows that the drive towards low-cost electrification and enhanced sectoral integration will result in significant electricity demand growth by 2050, with renewable electricity emerging as the prime energy carrier in future energy systems.

Kristian Ruby, Secretary General of Eurelectric, said that the report provides clear evidence that electricity is the lifeblood of Europe’s future energy system and that accelerated electrification of transport, buildings and industry will be critical for these sectors to benefit from the rising share of renewables.

In terms of the heating sector, the report finds that heat pump technologies will be crucial, in combination with direct electric heating, to take over by 2050, due to the substantial efficiency gains of these electricity-based solutions.

Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) said that heat pump technologies are the perfect tool to decarbonise heating and cooling. We are delighted to see this recognised. Studies like this one show that a 100% green and electric society is possible. They allow policymakers to dare to be more ambitious. We will need this ambition to turn the proposed COVID-19 support into an EU green recovery and to continue our fight against climate change.

While direct electrification proves to be the most efficient solution to decarbonise road transport, it also provides also a base to produce renewable hydrogen as the platform for renewable synthetic fuels (hydrogen, methane, and power-to-liquids) needed for the aviation and marine sectors in the 100% renewables scenarios, which results in nearly two-thirds of final energy demand in that sector along with exports.

William Todts, Executive Director of Transport and Environment (T&E), commented that the study confirms that electromobility powered by renewable electricity is the solution to solve transport’s climate and pollution problems. With long-range, attractively-priced battery electric vehicles finally coming to market, the age of electric cars has begun. Now we need to achieve similar progress in zero-emission trucks, as well as decarbonised shipping and aviation fuels where renewable hydrogen will be key.

Greater electrification means an increased demand for storage, and the ‘100% study shows that a combination of storage technologies will cover energy demand throughout the transition period, with batteries potentially reaching shares up to 70%. It will take a cross-sectoral dedicated commitment to achieve the ambition of the European Green Deal; together, a climate-neutral Europe is possible.

Francesco Gattiglio, Director EU Affairs & Policy from the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (Eurobat), stated that the 100% Renewable Europe study is a clear demonstration that an energy system entirely based on renewables is possible, necessary and desirable. According to the study, batteries will contribute up to 98% of electricity storage: this demonstrates that different battery technologies will be the cornerstone of a stable and secure energy supply, not only ensuring that the lights stay on, but also that the electricity grid is responsive and flexible enough to accommodate growing shares of renewable energy.

How BIPV can contribute in EU Renovation Wave

By Miguel Herrero Cangas, Policy Advisor, @SolarPowerMig

On 3rd June, SolarPower Europe organised a Shine On webinar on ‘Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Solar Construction Products for Building Renovations’ with eminent speakers Alexandra Sombsthay, Solar Buildings Chairwoman and Akuo Energy VP Europe and Ronn Andriessen, Solliance Director.

The webinar sets out to discuss the potential for solar construction products within Integrated Renovation Programmes (IRPs) and their role in the EU’s Renovation Wave initiative due to be presented in September 2020.  With impressive cost-reductions and a steep technological learning curve, the webinar highlighted how mass-produced BIPV can be deployed in large-scale IRPs. The webinar also explored the “mass-customisation” model of industrial production, which would enable the necessary scale up for solar construction products to contribute to the Renovation Wave.

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Join our next Shine On webinars - solar insights to brighten your day

By Molly Hope, Junior Communications and Social Media Advisor, @SolarPowerMolly

On 9th June, SolarPower Europe will host a webinar on ‘The Increasing Effect of Extreme Weather on Solar PV projects’ examining the damage caused by extreme weather to solar energy projects and what can be done to mitigate the effects of severe weather.  

Daniel Stevens, Risk Engineer, AXIS Capital will present the webinar. Moderation is by Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe  

Register to the free webinar here: 

On 10 June, SolarPower Europe will host the webinar ‘Decentralised, Smarter, Greener: the 2030 European grid and Launch of SolarPower Europe’s Grids Working Group’. The webinar will delve into what the larger amounts of variable and decentralised renewable energy capacities will mean for the grids and how Europe can deploy smart grid technologies and evolve to a more decentralised energy system.  

This webinar will also launch the SolarPower Europe new Grids Working Group. 

Speakers include Sanjeet Sanghera, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance 

Torsten Knop,  Head of European Regulation/Projects, InnogyMathilde Lallemand, Team Lead, ENTSO-ETagh Cullen, Energy Storage Manager, Solarcentury and Andreas Wade, Global Sustainability Director, First Solar. 

Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe will moderate the webinar.  

Register to the free webinar here 


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Investing in green Skills would generate a virtuous circle to achieve a green recovery

By EuropeON

Photo: Istock

Earlier in May, EuropeOn, the European association of electrical contractors, wrote to EU policymakers, along with 10 other associations engaged in the energy transition and electrification, including SolarPower Europe. Together, we aim to raise awareness about the need to invest in skilled energy professionals to ensure that the “Next Generation EU” Recovery Plan and the Green Deal is a success.

SolarPower Europe has been a steady and active supporter of EuropeOn’s Skills4Climate campaign, originally launched last fall. With the growing threats caused by the Covid crisis, both on Climate objectives and job opportunities, it was essential to draw attention to the great potential that lies in investing in skills (including re-skilling and up-skilling), training and education for the future generations.

In order to meet the 2030 climate objectives, it is estimated that, every day, 3.000 PV systems, need to be installed across the EU for the next 10 years, and this figure will be higher when the Climate target will be increased.

But who will do this work?

Electrical contractors represent the human capital responsible for carrying out electric and climate-mitigating installations, of technologies such as solar panels. They are also responsible for the maintenance of PVs and they take care of the integration of renewable electricity in buildings and infrastructures. To avoid bottlenecks and tomake the Green Recovery a reality, the signatories insist on the potential of investments in up-to-date energy and digital skills as well as higher qualifications.

Julie Beaufils, EuropeOn Secretary General, explained: “Investing in Skills for Climate means investing in a Green Recovery. We know there is a virtuous circle that starts with investing in green and digital skills. Such investments will materialise the energy transition, which will in turn boost growth in the clean energy sector, accelerating both employment in green activities and climate-neutrality achievement, which leads to matching skills investments, thus closing the loop.”

Moreover, the jobs that would be created would be: 1) numerous, in order to match the Climate objectives and accelerate the green transition, 2) green, and therefore sustainable and permanent, 3) local, by contributing to decentralized energy systems, and 4) skilled, to answer to the growing need for digital and cross-disciplinary qualifications.

To read the letter, click HERE

To learn more about the #Skills4Climate campaign and its supporters, click HERE

SolarPower Europe Member, SolarEdge, Knows How to Put on a Solar Show!

Photo: SolarEdge

In light of the cancellations of many of the industry-leading tradeshows, SolarEdge is going online with its Virtual Solar Show, taking place on June 16 and 17th.

The show will include a two-day conference with technology experts and industry leaders discussing upcoming trends. Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director and ad Interim CEO at SolarPower Europe, amongst others, including Lior Handelsman, SolarEdge’s VP of Marketing and Product Strategy, Founder, will be joining a Fireside Chat to discuss ‘When EV meets PV’. In addition, Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence at SolarPower Europe, will be giving the keynote speech: ‘100% Renewables in Europe by 2050 – How Do We Achieve This?’. The show will also contain a LIVE virtual booth experience, in-depth product introductions, and personal meetings with SolarEdge experts and management.

In its virtual booth, SolarEdge will unveil a strengthened residential portfolio with new smart solar energy offerings and an expanded commercial suite. Some of the new products that SolarEdge will be previewing include:

  • Expanded Range of Residential Inverters: A diversified range of residential inverters to meet varying consumer needs, including the single phase inverter with HD-Wave technology, three phase inverter, EV charging solar inverter, inverter with compact technology, StorEdge® inverter with HD-Wave technology, and three phase StorEdge inverters.
  • High Power Black Smart Modules: An expanded smart module portfolio with high power black modules that are pre-assembled with power optimizers. The 355/360W black smart modules, when combined with SolarEdge’s inverters, provide a more comprehensive PV offering from one vendor to enable faster installations and simpler ordering and warranty than before.
  • Enhanced StorEdge Compatibility: The StorEdge suite now supports increased battery compatibility, including BYD B-Box LV batteries (5, 7, 10.5, and 14 models) and a wider power variety of LG Chem RESU 48V batteries (extended from the 6.5 and 10 models, to now also include, the 3.3 and 13 models).
  • Strengthened Commercial PV Suite: A new three phase commercial inverter, reaching up to 40kW and a larger commercial inverter with synergy technology reaching up to 120kW that supports quick and simple installations and easier inventory. The higher power inverter with synergy technology will come with advanced pre-commissioning tools that provide early-stage system inspection and validation in order to streamline the final commissioning process. Further improving the economic scalability of MLPE, the new multi-input M1860 power optimizer supports the connection of 4 higher power modules with 2 MPPTs.
  • New Designer Features: A new project summary report can now be created by Designer that generates more compelling customer proposals for any type of PV project. The new report includes advanced features, such as improved 3D imaging, expandable simulation results, updated consumption information for StorEdge systems, an interactive and simplified energy chart, editable BoM, and new simulation parameters.  

Engage, interact, and connect #virtualsolarshow

Those interested in attending, can register at this link 

Photo of the Month

Photo: A sunny day at the 500-megawatt Núñez de Balboa solar plant in Spain © Iberdrola


CNR, France’s leading producer of 100% renewable electricity

What is CNR?

The Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, CNR, was founded in 1933, and in 1934 the French government entrusted it with the concession to exploit the River Rhone to fulfil 3 missions for the community: produce hydroelectricity, promote navigation, and favour irrigation. So, CNR built 19 hydropower plants on the Rhone, developed 330 kilometres of wide gauge navigable waterway between Lyon and the Mediterranean, and built forty water intakes for agriculture.

Since the 2000s, CNR has diversified into other renewable energies: wind and solar power. It now has 52 wind farms and 31 solar power plants in the Rhone Valley and in the north, west and east of France, making it France’s leading producer of 100% renewable electricity, with a total installed capacity of 3,874 MW.

Structured in line with an integrated industrial model, CNR gathers all the skills linked to the production and management of weather-dependent energies: design, development, construction, the operation and maintenance of production facilities, managing and placing energy on the wholesale market. An expert in intermittent energies, it offers aggregation services to third parties, favouring the integration of renewable energies in the electricity grid.

The status of CNR is that of a mostly publicly owned company in the general interest. Its leading private shareholder is the industrial group, Engie.

A corporate laboratory for tomorrow’s energies that looks to the future – Focus on solar power

CNR assists the emergence of new technologies and, through numerous partnerships, participates in building the solar energy of the future.

  • Floating solar power

In 2019, CNR built its first floating solar power plant on an irrigation basin managed by a farming syndicate. It supports sustainable agriculture around Lyon, by reducing the cost of conveying water and thus the cost for farmers – through the self-consumption of sustainable and local electricity using pumps. This pilot project stands out thanks to its integrated landscaping on a site accessible to the public, and to its environmental dimension, with fish spawning devices anchored to the structure.

  • Linear solar power

In partnership with research organisations, CNR is taking a new approach to installing solar power by exploiting linear sites along the Rhone. Following the first pilot project in 2020, using vertical and bifacial solar panels without impact on passing fauna, CNR will move on to the next steps, with plants with lengths of up to 1 kilometre, and then to ten kilometres.

This R&D programme is opening up promising perspectives (river banks, railways, highways, fences, etc.).

  • Agrisolar energy

CNR is backing the boom in this sector in response to the challenge of climate change to agriculture. The first experiment is scheduled for 2021, in a horticultural school where the installation of mobile solar panels in the midst of crops will be studied to provide the latter with protection against bad weather and reduce water requirements.

With all these innovative actions, CNR is committed to an ever more sustainable world in greater harmony with the environment.

Technology and Vision of EcoSolifer

  • Vertically integrated Swiss Company involved in Photovoltaic (PV) power generation.
  • Have the know-how of the entire PV technology value chain with the ultimate goal of producing electricity via the lowest achievable cost structure (LCOE) and carbon food print, based on heterojunction technology.
  • R&D, planning and elaboration of application activities are covered entirely by EcoSolifer scientists and engineers.
  • As PV developer of high performance solar technology EcoSolifer owns patents which underlines the future oriented company strategy.
  • EcoSolifer’s vison is an overall low carbon energy sector where PV is highly and efficiently utilized due to company’s contribution.
  • Our motto is: ‘something new under the sun’ that we create throughout our day by day activity.

Read more here

K2: SOCO 2020 – Join now!

Following the motto Connect. Meet. Exchange. the digital solar conference SOCO 2020 will take place on June 30th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5.30 PM. The event brings together some leading manufacturers and actors from the PV industry and is presented by K2 Systems.

The conference will be framed by an exciting program, in which the political framework conditions, the way to 100% renewable energies and new technological challenges will be discussed. It will start with a keynote by Aurelie Beauvais, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe, with a look at the European Green Deal and the impact of Covid 19, followed by a lecture by Volker Quaschning on PV between Covid 19 and climate protection.

Since the topic of “digital selling” moves many of us in these times, Hinnerk Polenski, a Zen master, will take a look at what digitalization does to people.

Interesting new products and digital services will be presented by the manufacturers in their digital exhibition areas where there is room for interaction and exchange.

We are looking forward to meeting you there! Register now!

Register and join the SOCO at


The Covid-19 pandemic can be summed up as “Never let a good crisis go to waste”.  It has drawn our societies to a halt in the short term but has also offered a major opportunity for unprecedented reforms in the longer term. It has shown how hard it will be to decarbonise and how slow the recovery from the contaminating activity of humanity will be but has also highlighted how global problems cannot be tackled within national borders. In times of this great crisis, which can be seen as just a “preliminary round” to fighting global climate emergency, Prediktor as part of the Solar Energy sector value chain is one the players willing to lead the change and get closer to listen and fulfil the needs that society demands in favour of a better future for all.

On top of the traditional obstacles in the solar energy industry such as PV field reliability, during the Covid-19 times the renewables industry has been affected by disruptions in human workforce operations, local regulations, travel constraints, prize cannibalization and supply chain unpredictability. However, irrespective of PV plant size and location and irrespective of these constrains on the human workforce and physical inspections, Prediktor has helped its clients continue achieving reliable operations. This has been made possible by pairing Prediktor’s 25 years of knowledge and expertise developing critical-information systems with advanced digitalization.

Digitalization allows to remotely monitor unmanned assets, unearth insights and improve operational performance from a service and maintenance perspective. PViewTM by Prediktor turns Asset Managers into well connected information executives by allowing them to fully understand, manage and act on their operation and therefore achieve peak performance at minimum production losses and financial costs. These “information executives” are guided by Prediktor’s system that first collects, cleans and structures data. Once the relevant parameters have been filtered into a comfortable user interface, operators can understand the real performance indicators, spot any alarming factors run simulations to compare real production against the theoretical and transform these insights into actions. Complete business intelligence is assured through flexible tools for reporting, scheduling and submission to satisfy stakeholders requiring different information in different formats. Because of Prediktor’s high data quality, time and money spent on data washing before submitting reports are reduced allowing you and your stakeholders to focus on the next steps for your portfolio. Finally, once you are ready for analysing and improving your profitability, Prediktor’s digital integrated solutions replace blind spots in decision making with predictive maintenance. This proactive OM approach eventually has greater impact on the financial bottom line rather than reactive style.

Looking ahead to see the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project, we must start looking at them through a maximum utilisation lens. As new trends such as hybrids of solar-plus-wind-plus-storage plants gain momentum and renewables will possible be co-located into flexible multifunctional grids, the ability to manage large amounts of data and scale the operation from a single plant to an expansive portfolio of renewables will be crucial to raise the game. To extract value from metadata, it will have to be easy to explore, analyse and understand. Prediktor’s digital toolset will assure your data’s quality through explicit visibility, ease of understanding and trustworthiness in front of your stakeholders when it’s time to report and take data-driven decisions.

RatedPower presents pvDesign: The leading cloud-based software for utility-scale photovoltaic plants design

pvDesign is a cloud-based software developed by RatedPower to optimize the design and carry out the engineering of utility-scale (>1MW) Solar Photovoltaic plants, reducing the process from weeks to just seconds. With pvDesign, users can perform different simulations, optimize the layout of projects, carry out feasibility studies, and generate all the relevant engineering documentation for EPC Request For Proposal. The platform enhances designing in a faster and more accurate way than traditional engineering tools, and users can easily compare and manage all their projects in a collaborative and user-friendly interface.

pvDesign has been used in more than 100 countries by its customers, and its portfolio includes PV plant developers, EPCs, manufacturers, funds and banks, and engineering companies.

The main advantages of pvDesign are:

  • pvDesign covers all the feasibility phases of PV plants: it is useful not only to prospect unlimited locations and quickly obtain a layout of a plant, but also to carry out the basic engineering of PV plants, and to optimize the PV plants’ configuration for more advanced phases, prior to the construction.
  • pvDesign generates more than 300 pages of engineering documentation: a complete and detailed BoQ, the plant layout, a design report, the energy yield report, a listing of cables, MV and LV single line diagrams, terrain slopes, etc. These documents are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, and in editable (CAD, excel and word) and PDF format.
  • Fast design and customization of layouts: pvDesign enables its users to select different criteria (basic civil, electrical criteria, equipment…) and automatically generates the layout and other relevant engineering documentation in just a few seconds. Furthermore, users can dimension the PV plant taking into account the power factor, the cable sizing, and the energy yield. pvDesign algorithms scan all the different possibilities to generate the most optimal configuration.


  • Quickly checking and comparing different configuration results against others: users can quickly check all the different equipment and criteria, by easily cloning projects and using a comparison matrix among all the results.
  • Software as a Service: pvDesign is a cloud-based software accessible from every browser. It is not necessary to install any program in its users’ PCs and no upgrade downloads are needed since all new features and enhancements are automatically included.
  • Energy yield report: pvDesign already has its own energy yield model that offers quite interesting and broad-studied results.
  • Users: pvDesign can be used by both technical and not-that-technical profiles, thanks to its user-friendly interface and the recommended parameters and criteria generated by the software.
  • Subscription model: all pvDesign subscription models offer an unlimited number of users.
  • Collaborative tool: pvDesign is a collaborative tool that can improve teams communication and cooperation. Users can see every project being studied by any team member, and are able to work collaboratively by cloning and optimizing other users’ simulations.
  • Engineering process: pvDesign carries out the engineering process up to the substation.


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Our Events

Free webinar: The Increasing Effect of Extreme Weather on Solar PV projects

9 June, 15:00-16:00

Whether it’s hurricanes in the Caribbean, wildfires in California, flooding in North Carolina or 5cm hailstones in Texas, weather systems are having a greater effect on how we live. As more solar projects are built in locations that experience severe weather conditions, we expect an increase in the insured cost of weather incidents to continue.  This webinar will take a look at the damage caused to solar energy projects and explore what can be done to mitigate the effects of severe weather.

Moderator: Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe

Speaker: Daniel Stevens, Risk Engineer, AXIS Capital

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Free webinar: Decentralized, Smarter, Greener: the 2030 European grid. Launch of SolarPower Europe’s Grids Working Group

10 June, 14:00-15:30

Reaching climate-neutrality will require the addition of larger amounts of variable and decentralised renewable energy capacities: already by 2030, solar will represent 50 to 54% of the total power generation according to SolarPower Europe’s 100% Renewable Energy study.

What does it mean for the grids? How can Europe deploy the necessary smart grid technologies? How can the grid evolve to a more decentralised energy system? This webinar will discuss the pathway to a smarter, decentralised and more flexible grid and will launch the SolarPower Europe’s new Grids Working Group.

Moderator: Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor, SolarPower Europe


  • Sanjeet Sanghera, Senior Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
  • Torsten Knop, Head of European Regulation/Projects, Innogy
  • Mathilde Lallemand, Team Lead, ENTSO-E
  • Tagh Cullen, Energy Storage Manager, Solar Century
  • Andreas Wade, Global Sustainability Director, First Solar

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SolarEdge: The SolarEdge Virtual Solar Show

16-17 June, Online

During the 2-day online solar show, SolarEdge will present its newest commercial and residential smart energy solutions in its virtual booth, offer personal meetings with its team of experts and management, give online lab tours from its headquarters, and provide both training sessions and thought-leadership presentations.

Installers and solar industry professionals will have the opportunity to get the full SolarEdge booth experience.

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Sungrow: Smart Energy Virtual Show

15-19 June, Online

Never Stop Exploring!While #IntersolarEurope2020  is canceled this summer, #Sungrow has moved it online!

Join us for the first-ever Smart Energy Virtual Show on June 15th – 19th! We are excited to showcase the latest innovations from our product portfolio and bring you live-streamed content, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities. Register with the link and stay tuned for upcoming topics and industry experts.

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