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Editorial: Renewable Energy Buyer’s Toolkit helps unlock huge corporate sourcing opportunity

By Bruce Douglas, Deputy CEO @solarpowerbruce and Mercè Labordena PhD, Senior Policy Advisor @SolarPowerMerce

Photo: RE-Source 2019 took place on 2-3 October in Amsterdam

Europe has set a target that 32% of its energy should come from renewable sources by 2030, up from 17.5% today. Corporates are key to achieving this target since they are responsible for almost three quarters of total final electricity consumption in the EU. Corporates – including from the steel, aluminium, ICT, and chemicals industries – can power their operations with renewable electricity and help to achieve the target. Facilitating access to renewable electricity for corporate consumers could deliver both significant reductions in CO2 emissions and make European industries more competitive, thanks to the rapidly falling cost of solar and renewables.

Corporates have significant potential to boost the EU economy. A recent study from the European Commission shows that if EU-based industrial and commercial companies commit to meeting only 30% of their total electricity demand with renewables by 2030, they could generate more than €750 billion in gross added value and more than 220,000 new jobs.

In Europe, corporate sourcing of renewable electricity has risen dramatically in the past few years. A total of 7.5 GW of renewable capacity in Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) deals has been contracted since the first deals in 2014. In addition, commercial and industrial on-site solar plants accounted for 3.4 GW last year, and we expect to see significant growth in this sector over the next decade. Solar is now cost-competitive with conventional power and due to its flexibility can be installed on almost any surface.

The benefits that can be accrued from corporate sourcing of renewables are vast and the market potential is growing rapidly. That is why, in 2017, SolarPower Europe together with WindEurope, RE100 (led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP) and WBCSD established the RE-Source Platform, to drive the uptake of PPAs, renewable energy investments and increase the number of corporates buying renewable power from 100 to 100,000.

It is in this context, 1,000 clean energy buyers and suppliers met in Amsterdam at the RE-Source 2019 event, for three days of discussions, B2B meetings, and peer-to-peer workshops on how to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy.

To further raise awareness of the advantages of renewable energy and help corporates, particularly new entrants, to navigate the market with confidence, the RE-Source Platform launched the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Toolkit at the RE-Source 2019 event. The Toolkit has been developed to provide information and resources to inform corporates about the market and offer guidance on how to facilitate deals. It contains several tools to help unlock the immense potential for corporate sourcing of renewables and to pave the way to a low carbon society.

The first component of the Toolkit is the report, ‘Introduction to Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Electricity’, which provides an overview of different strategies a corporate can follow to procure renewable electricity in Europe. We present the strategies as business models, dividing them into two main categories according to the geographical location of the renewable installation: on-site models and off-site models. We describe the key features for each model, including their relationship to Guarantees of Origin (GOs), information on financial and greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting, if they provide additionality, among other things. We also chart an overview of the European countries in which each model is feasible, or where different models have been implemented.  In addition, we complement the main models with real-world examples of projects to illustrate how the models have been applied in various markets.

The second component is the ‘European Corporate Sourcing Directory’, which shows which models of corporate sourcing have been used where, and which models we believe are possible to use in each member state. Specifically, what makes a model possible to use is the absence of regulatory and administrative barriers. In this context, governments can play their part in removing administrative hurdles for corporate sourcing of renewables and for on-site generation that exist throughout Europe.

The third component is the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) template contract, which is the first pan-European standard corporate PPA designed to help reduce transaction costs and facilitate the negotiation process between the parties involved. The contract is being translated into several European languages; in the coming weeks, the Spanish translation of the report will be presented in Madrid.

For corporate buyers to gain more confidence in navigating this growing and relatively complex market – with numerous deal structures available that may be difficult to value – our partners and PPA experts will organise training academies to explain how to compare PPAs systematically and quantitatively.

We are also preparing a report on ‘Risk Mitigation for Corporate Renewable PPAs’, written by risk mitigating product providers, that will offer new entrant corporates information on how to mitigate risks and how to tailor their PPAs to behave more like conventional power contracts.

SolarPower Europe will continue to develop the RE-Source Toolkit and disseminate it across Europe. The RE-Source Platform will update the Toolkit regularly with new case studies, update the Directory when there is any change in national and EU regulations, and provide more insights and tools to help unlock this huge corporate renewable energy opportunity.

More information on the RE-Source Platform:

See photos from RE-Source 2019 here.

SolarPower Europe’s Sustainability Task Force launches Solar Factsheets, highlighting how solar is contributing to social, economic and environmental sustainability

By Raffaele Rossi, Policy Analyst @solarpowerlele

Photos: Solar Facts – a set of solar factsheets

SolarPower Europe recently launched the Solar Factsheets, a set of documents based on scientific, peer-reviewed sources that highlight how solar energy contributes to social, economic and environmental sustainability. The factsheets cover five key topics related to solar, including: cost and efficiency, sustainability, employment and job creation, materials usage, and recycling.

The Cost and Efficiency Factsheet sheds light on solar PV’s competitiveness compared to conventional energy sources and highlights how spectacular the cost decrease of generating solar electricity has been – a 90% reduction in just ten years! This is largely due to technological advancements that enabled module prices to drop by 96% since 2000.

Solar is a leading sustainable solution to drive the energy transition. In the Sustainability Factsheet the most remarkable sustainability achievements are put under the spotlight – an ever-improving environmental performance that leads to a very low carbon footprint, as well as an energy payback time (EPBT) of around one year, means that during its lifetime a panel will generate 30 times the electricity needed to manufacture it.

In order to further reduce natural resource use and other environmental impacts, it is possible to optimise the usage of resources in a circular way. The Materials Factsheet shows how the solar industry is addressing the issue of material efficiency, with reduced reliance on rare and critical raw materials.

Closed-loop approaches are the backbone of solar end-of-life management. The Recycling Factsheet describes the current state of play of solar recycling in the EU – technical recycling yields of up to 90% by weight, mandatory EU legislation and effective end-of-life management practices are already established realities – and highlights the potential that solar recycling has in terms of material recovery, job creation and strengthening the EU industrial base.

Indeed, jobs and industrial development are key aspects for European strategic policymaking. As illustrated in the Employment and Job Creation Factsheet, solar creates more jobs and added value for EU citizens. Solar creates more jobs than any other energy industry, and the large majority of these jobs are created locally and cannot be relocated, contributing to long-term socioeconomic development.

The Solar Factsheets are available to download from SolarPower Europe’s website.

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European industrial leadership: Solar PV manufacturing for renewable hydrogen production in Europe

By Aurélie Beauvais, Policy Director @SolarPowerA

Photo: The ‘Silver Frog’ proposal for the IPCEI was presented at the Hydrogen for Climate Conference in Brussels

The European Commission held the Hydrogen for Climate Action event on 9 October to explore hydrogen’s contribution to a carbon-neutral European economy and towards Europe’s industrial leadership in clean energy technologies. 

Eight industrial projects were presented at this occasion, one of which was ‘Silver Frog’ – a project presented by SolarPower Europe member companies and partners. 

The project proposal foresees the construction of a cutting-edge 2 GW/year solar PV manufacturing facility which would provide over 10 GW of installed PV capacity. Combined with wind installations, it would provide for the production of 100% renewable hydrogen, transported by gas pipelines to hard-to-decarbonise industries, such as steel and chemicals. Over a period of eight years, the project is estimated to produce 800,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen, and reduce 8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, each year – approximately the CO2 footprint of the whole city of Brussels. At least 6,000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project. 

In the proposal, Belgium’s Hydrogenics Europe would supply the water electrolysis technology, Germany’s Meyer Burger would supply the solar PV manufacturing line, Hungary’s Ecosolifer would produce the modules and focus on heterojunction technology (HJT), while Denmark’s European Energy would act as the energy developer. SolarPower Europe would offer support to its members throughout the project. 

Partners of the consortium stated that the introduction of the cutting-edge solar PV manufacturing facility into the project would contribute to strengthening the security of Europe’s renewable hydrogen supply by ensuring that the equipment required for the large-scale deployment of solar installations is produced in Europe; a bold proposal which was welcomed by European Commission representative Christian Weinberger as a strong signal that the green hydrogen value chain of the future must integrate the production of renewable technologies and equipment. 

Since 2017, SolarPower Europe has actively called for the European Union to develop a tailored strategy supporting the growth of the solar industry in Europe. The European Commission’s long-term strategy ‘A Clean Planet for all’ demonstrates clearly that in order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, the share of renewable electricity will have to increase significantly, accounting for at least 80% of Europe’s electricity generation. As the cleanest and most affordable energy source, and enjoying high levels of popularity among citizens in Europe, solar energy is likely to be a major driver of this renewable growth. Solar could account for 36% of Europe’s power generation by 2050, and even 69% according to scenarios from the renowned Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. This means that solar energy will not only play a key role in delivering Europe’s renewable electricity targets, but will also provide the renewable and affordable electrons needed for the production of truly sustainable and renewable hydrogen. 

With such robust market growth ahead, the time has come to develop an industrial strategy for the solar industry in Europe. In 2018, solar installations grew by 36%, and could rise by 110% in 2019, driven by the achievement of the 2020 national targets. By 2023, SolarPower Europe’s Global Market Outlook forecasts annual solar growth in Europe of at least 20 GW. European solar companies can benefit greatly from this huge pipeline of demand to trigger investments of scale in cutting-edge manufacturing facilities and develop the world’s next generation of solar technologies. 

The European technological and innovation leadership is already within grasp, but the European solar sector requires a strategic approach to the support of manufacturing facilities in Europe, including easier access to finance, fast-tracked administrative and permitting processes, and a smarter approach to public support to help avoid the risks of first industrial deployment. 

While the European Commission’s proposal for industrial strategy is expected in the spring of next year, an ambitious and robust strategy for renewable industry in Europe stands out as the cornerstone of a successful European industrial transition.

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#Solar4Buildings: "Solar energy has so many benefits. It's easy to install, it's clean energy and it's cheap energy," says MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen, (EPP Group)

By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director @SolarPowerKris

Photo: Solnet

SolarPower Europe has launched a campaign which calls for solar to be installed on all new and renovated buildings in the EU to help fight climate change.

In the EU, more than 90% of roofs go unused, when they could help mitigate climate change by having solar installed on them. Installing solar on all new buildings and those undergoing renovations makes perfect sense as it could reduce buildings’ CO2 emissions significantly whilst producing clean electricity and saving money on European households’ electricity bills.

What’s more, Europe’s rooftops have huge solar potential. According to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, rooftops in the EU can produce 680 TWh of solar power annually – which is equal to one quarter of the current electricity consumption in the EU.

Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of European Parliament (EPP Group) supports the campaign to have solar installed on new buildings and renovations, stating: Solar energy has so many benefits. It’s easy to install; it’s clean energy and it’s cheap energy. Why don’t we take all rooftops all over Europe and produce clean, affordable, environmentally friendly energy – that is also good for the electricity bills of European households.”

Watch MEP Pietikäinen’s video on #Solar4Buildings below:

You can support the campaign by signing the petition calling for EU legislation to have solar all new and renovated buildings in the European Union.
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Digital Solar & Storage 2019: Interview with Huawei

By Meghann Kissane, Communications Advisor @solarpowermeg and Lorena Morales González, Events & Marketing Assistant @SolarPowerL

Photo: Digital Solar & Storage 2018

"In the intelligent era, innovation has become the core competition among enterprises"

Ahead of Digital Solar & Storage 2019, we spoke with Roland Huempfner, Leader of Huawei Energy Competence Center Europe, to discuss the energy transition in Europe, how digitalisation can influence and accelerate the transition, and the benefits digitalisation can bring for businesses and companies.

Huawei’s FusionSolar Smart PV Solution shows how efficient, easy to install and reliable solar can be. As the energy industry transitions into the digital age, what will be key to fast-tracking the deployment of digital solar in Europe?

In the intelligent era, innovation has become the core competition among enterprises. Huawei’s continuous customer-oriented innovation through digital information technologies, such as electronic technology, chip technology, computing technology, and AI technology, simplifies and intelligentizes complex problems.

The Smart I-V Curve Diagnosis and AI recognition enable the smart diagnosis for multiple components in various scenarios. The application of AI enables unmanned O&M of PV plants. One-click scanning of the Huawei Smart I-V Curve Diagnosis 3.0 ensures the scanning of all strings in a hundred-MW PV plant in just 15 minutes.

Bifacial PV modules + smart trackers + multiple MPPTs. Huawei abandons the traditional astronomical algorithm and adopts intelligent trackers and bifacial PV modules based on AI algorithms to achieve the integration of tracker control, power supply, and communication, maximizing energy yields. AI auto-learning enables the trackers to fit the bifacial modules better by optimizing the tracking algorithm, to track the deployment of digital solar.

Today, digitalisation is a big trend for companies and businesses, and this is set to continue for the foreseeable future. What are the main benefits that companies can reap from the digitalisation of their daily activities?

The physical world is deeply integrated with the digital world. Digital technology innovation, represented by 5G, Iot, cloud computing, and AI, will bring further prosperity to all industries. As the world’s largest (ICT) solution provider for information and communication technologies, thanks to its customer-centric values, Huawei has strengthened its chip, mathematical algorithm, and architecture design capabilities in the past 30 years, and has developed three capabilities: communication, computing, and storage, enable Huawei to apply successful technologies to products and solutions to support digital transformation of various industries. In addition, it will continue to invest more in R&D, promote digital technology innovation in AI, 5G, cloud services, and IoT, and combine with new energy sources to provide competitive solutions and better experience for customers.

In the PV field, Huawei hopes to further reduce LCOE by using AI to collaborate with digital technologies such as cloud, Big Data, IoT, and edge computing. In this way, the PV industry can be upgraded in a comprehensive and intelligent manner to meet the era of grid parity.

Each Huawei inverter is like a smart sensor. As sensors collect more and more data, these massive data can optimize more machine learning algorithms and train the AI model efficiently and persistently, thereby increasing the AI capability exponentially. This will help Huawei optimize and manage yields and O&M in a refined manner, revolutionizing the traditional management mode and bring revolutionary impact to the renewable energy industry.

Through digitalization, AI Boost Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution can effectively reduce the initial investment (such as the cost of Balance of System (BOS) and construction) by more than 1 cents/watt, and reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by more than 7%. This is a key for speeding up grid parity and benefiting our customers. With an open platform based on the Cloud-Pipe-Device strategy integrated with AI, Huawei joins hands with its eco-partners to promote the development of each industry toward intelligence.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Digital Solar & Storage Conference?

The PV power generation made a tremendous progress constantly over the last decades. Now digitization combined with progress on the storage technologies provides a further momentum for success photovoltaic. It will be exciting to see the new ideas coming to the market soon to drive sustainability and help Europe to achieve the climate targets.

Digital Solar & Storage 2019 will take place in Brussels on 5-6 November

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Emerging Markets Task Force launches report on solar investment opportunities in Kazakhstan

By Máté Heisz, Senior Advisor and Project Manager for International Cooperation @mateheisz

Photo: Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan (AREK)

At the Renewable Energy Summit 2019 in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, SolarPower Europe’s Emerging Markets Task Force launched a new report analysing solar investment opportunities in Kazakhstan. The report provides an overview of the country’s business environment, major macroeconomic and demographic trends, and assesses issues related to credit and political risks. In addition, the report looks at the country’s energy context, key stakeholders and the regulatory framework relevant for solar investors interested in the Kazakhstani market.

The report was researched and prepared by EXXERGY GmbH with the support of the Task Force members and the Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan (AREK) and is the fifth issue in SolarPower Europe’s emerging markets series. Previous reports focus on solar investment opportunities in Mozambique, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Myanmar.

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Welcome our new SolarPower Europe team members: Judy, Lukas and Anja!

By Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO @SolarWalburga

We are delighted to welcome new team members to SolarPower Europe.

Judy is the new Chief Financial Officer at SolarPower Europe, a member of the leadership team managing the financial aspects of the association, in addition to human resources and administration management. She previously co-managed her own consultancy firm for international associations and most recently sat on the senior management team for a Brussels-based international organisation as Director of Finance, Administration and HR. Her career was initially built in the pharmaceutical industry spanning across the US and Europe. She studied finance in the US and holds a BA from Greenville University. Judy speaks English and French.

Lukas is our new Press and Communications Advisor, responsible for coordinating with press and media, developing communications campaigns, and producing content for SolarPower Europe’s website and the wider press. Prior to joining SolarPower Europe, Lukas worked for the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) in Brussels, the UN in Santiago, and as a teaching assistant at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He has also written for a number of publications, on issues ranging from transport, to music, to politics. Lukas has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Otago, and an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford. He speaks English and Spanish.

Anja supports the Senior Advisor and Project Manager for International Cooperation in the lead on SolarPower Europe’s activities in emerging markets, especially in the coordination of the Emerging Market Task Force as well as various international projects. Anja has experience in the field of international development cooperation through consulting work for joyn-coop GbR, as well as two traineeships with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Germany and Madagascar. Anja has a BA in International Studies and MA in International Relations specialising in Global Political Economy. Anja speaks German, English, French and Spanish.

Warm welcome to SolarPower Europe!

SolarPower Europe elected on the renewAfrica Steering Committee

By Máté Heisz, Senior Advisor and Project Manager for International Cooperation @mateheisz

Photo: Máté Heisz (SolarPower Europe) signing the renewAfrica Declaration of Intent on the 4th of June 2019 in Rome.

The renewAfrica initiative is conceived to promote the adoption of a new innovative EU Programme aimed to foster renewable growth in Africa. Its mission is to provide support at policy and regulatory level when approaching RES development in Africa in order to assure a suitable environment able to attract investments. The programme will cover all investment phases, all renewable energy technologies and will adress all major risks at once. The initiative was formally launched in June 2019 in Rome.

SolarPower Europe was subsequently elected to the Steering Committee of the renewAfrica initiative. The association will contribute actively to this project, building on the input and expertise of over 50 active solar companies active within SolarPower Europe’s Emerging Markets Task Force. The renewAfrica Steering Committee aims to provide strategic guidance to meet the initiative targets, defining together with the Secretariat the overall timetable, milestones and deliverables of the working groups, approving the final outputs of the working groups and promoting the initiative to attract potential new supporters.

SolarPower Europe will be involved in two out of six working groups that will work to develop and deliver a proposal to the European Commission.

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What’s hot in solar? 10 innovations from contestants for Digital Solar & Storage Startup Awards 2019

By Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor @sunnybloke and Lukas Clark-Memler, Press & Communications Advisor @SolarPowerLukas

Photo: Digital Solar & Storage Startup Awards 2018

Shortlisted companies for SolarPower Europe’s 2nd Annual Digital Solar & Storage Startup Awards show a broad range of business models to enable the energy transition. Solar ground panels, monitoring software, and blockchain utilities are among the 10 shortlisted innovations. The winner will be announced after voting takes place at the Digital Solar & Storage Conference on 5-6 November 2019 in Brussels.

In order to facilitate the clean energy transition and address the challenges that decarbonisation presents, bright ideas and solutions are required. Innovation has always been the backbone of the renewables sector, and with this in mind, SolarPower Europe is proud to announce the shortlisted candidates for the Digital Solar & Storage Startup Awards 2019.

The Startup Awards celebrate small, early-career startups with the most innovative ideas in the field of digitalisation and solar storage. The 2019 shortlist is full of the kinds of trailblazing initiatives that offer hope for a more sustainable future.

The shortlisted startups in the running for the top prize of €5,000, free coaching and a free exhibition spot at The Smarter E Europe in Munich, in alphabetical order:

Alma Solar

The Luxembourg-based Alma Solar distributes photovoltaic equipment (solar panels, solar inverters and solar batteries) in Europe. The online shop, translated into five languages, lists all best-known brands as well as all the necessary equipment. Alma Solar’s ambition is to democratise photovoltaic systems by offering a range of high-quality products at very low prices.

AMMP Technologies

The Amsterdam-based AMMP helps energy companies in emerging markets remotely monitor and manage their off-grid energy systems. They provide the operating platform for these companies to realise their full potential by reducing operational costs and enabling innovative business models. AMMP serves and mitigates the conditions prevalent in its target markets: poor connectivity, low accessibility, and challenging environmental conditions.


The Cologne-based EINHUNDERT Energie provides digital solar services, with a package including smart metering, energy billing, consumption measurement, and end-customer service. Their goal is to make solar energy more efficient and transparent.

Elum Energy

The Paris-based Elum Energy provides a flexible and compatible energy monitoring and control platform. The platform uses machine learning to leverage model predictive control in order to increase energy management savings.


The Barcelona-based FlexiDAO has developed a software platform for energy retailers that harnesses the power of blockchain technology to provide energy data management tools needed to offer new smart energy services. Their vision is to provide the IT backbone that enables the transformation of the energy sector into a truly carbon-free, prosumer-centric and democratic market.


The Antwerp-based LIFEPOWER offers easy and reliable access to smart-battery storage for renewable energy, through the design and manufacturing of smart-energy storage solutions, such as Lithium-Ion battery packs, BMS modules, power electronics, and Virtual Power Plants. Further, the startup created a new and advanced modular energy storage solution called IO, which manages the end-user’s power usage and reserves in order to deliver uninterrupted access to self-generated solar energy as a ready solution for energy sharing, demand response, and grid balancing services.


The Porto-based PVComplete provides innovative solar design tools, which enable efficient solar design. Their products include PVSketch, an app built for salespersons to easily create multiple versions for array layouts and energy production models, and PVCAD, CAD software suited for solar engineers and designers, built on Autodesk technology.


The Berlin-based Rocsun produces innovative solar ‘ground’ panels. These durable solar panels are integrated into the ground and form a power plant that produces clean electricity from sunlight. The panels substitute conventional pavements and help to build zero emission buildings and sustainable open spaces.


The Utrecht-based SunData provides software that optimises solar energy through active monitoring and data analysis. For project developers, the software offers a clear overview of all projects and systems, with up-to-date performance reports. Installers can benefit from analysis of installed systems, early automatic signaling in the event of errors, and service management.


All the way from Newcastle, Australia, SwitchDin gives energy companies – network operators, electricity retailers and integrated utilities – the tools they need to securely integrate and manage diverse mixes of small-scale distributed energy resources (DERs) to optimise system-wide outcomes for everyone. They work directly with utilities and say they have a deep organisational understanding of the needs of the sector. Further, they allow energy companies to build and operate virtual power plants and microgrids using a mix of resource types and products.

Prizes and voting

Of the 10 shortlisted startups, which were selected on criteria that includes innovation, market impact, business strategy, and team, four finalists were announced on 18 October. Congratulations to AMMP Technologies, EINHUNDERT Energie, FlexiDAO and SwitchDin! The finalists will be given the opportunity to present their projects on 5 November at Digital Solar & Storage 2019, where the audience will select the winner after a Q&A with the jury.

The winning startup will receive a package that includes €5,000 (sponsored by Enerparc), free coaching from BeeFounders (sponsored by BeeFounders), a free start-up exhibition spot at The Smarter E Europe 2020 in Munich (sponsored by The Smarter E), the opportunity to pitch on stage at the Digital Solar & Storage event, one free ticket to attend the Digital Solar & Storage event, and one year of free membership at SolarPower Europe.

Last year’s winner of the Startup Award was SolarWorX, a renewable energy startup that designs and manufactures scalable, modular solar solutions to provide true access to energy for the global off-grid population.

The Startup Awards are part of SolarPower Europe’s Digital Solar & Storage event, which takes place in Brussels on 5-6 November, gathering high-level executives, digital innovators, storage solution suppliers, and representatives from Europe’s new European Parliament and Commission to discuss the latest business models and market trends shaping the New Energy World.

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Poland’s Congress of Solar Energy emphasises benefits of solar and development opportunities for regions

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

Photo: SolarPower Europe CEO Walburga Hemetsberger spoke at a plenary session on the ‘Potential of Solar Energy in Poland: Conditions of Development’ during the ‘Congress of Solar Energy’ in Warsaw

Poland has experienced significant market growth of solar in the last few years, yet administrative barriers still remain that could impede future development. In order to address the clean energy transition and explore new business models, the Polish Photovoltaics Association organised the ‘Congress of Solar Energy’ in Warsaw from 15-16 October.

During the plenary session on the ‘Potential of Solar Energy in Poland: Conditions of Development’, Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, highlighted solar’s increasing cost-competitiveness, which has resulted in a new era of growth in Europe with demand set to surge by 81% to reach 20.4 GW this year.

Hemetsberger stressed the potential for job creation with solar development, noting that for every TWh of power produced, solar creates 1,100 jobs in the EU, and that by 2050 solar could create 1.7 million jobs in Europe alone.

Polish officials were urged to set ambitious and clear targets in the national energy and climate plan. In order to facilitate the growth of solar, regulatory frameworks are required, which could enable innovative business models – such as PPAs and leasing. In particular, the potential of transitioning from coal to clean energy was explored – coal sites can provide 874 TWh of solar energy.

Further, the solar potential of buildings – a core initiative of SolarPower Europe – was discussed, along with the fact that rooftops could supply 680 TWh of solar energy, a quarter of total European energy consumption.

The event and its reception showed the eagerness of Polish industries and companies to join the energy transition. As Poland futher embraces solar, it is crucial that national and regional administrative bodies help to facilitate this trend.

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By Kristina Thoring, Communications Director @SolarPowerKris

Photo: Akuo Energy

On 18 October, Akuo Energy unveiled their new 17 MW floating solar power plant. Situated on a lake in a former quarry, the O’MEGA1 project is the largest of its kind in Europe and will provide 100% renewable energy to 4,373 households annually, saving at least 1,093 tonnes of CO2 every year.

The project was partly financed through crowdsourcing, where interested individuals could help to support the large-scale plant, supplementing investment from Natixis Energéco.


TSO optimizes and repowers solar plants with drones

The Spanish company TSO, The South Oracle, has patented an exclusive software for the automatic identification of failures in the images taken with drones in solar panels, which in addition to guaranteeing the maintenance of photovoltaic plants, also allows repowering.

In order to develop this project called OSR, Optimized Solar Repowering, TSO has a team of engineers and scientists within the Biomedical Technology Centre of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) who work with leading-edge technology to complete this software that will be launched on the market in the first quarter of 2020.

What is OSR?

After an exhaustive analysis of photovoltaic plants in Europe, TSO’s R&D department saw the need to accelerate the maintenance process, minimizing costs and its duration. Therefore, the research focused on developing a computer system connected to drones, the aim of which was to provide in record time, a complete report of the current status of each photovoltaic panel within a plant.

Thus OSR, the preventive-predictive and corrective Smart Solar Maintenance (SSM) software, was born, which through thermography and visible image with drones also guarantees the Repowering/Revamping of solar plants, detecting failures in solar modules instantly and allowing the reinstallation of damaged panels for optimal solar production, even offering an economic study of such repowering/revamping. In this way, OSR will be presented as an innovative solution in the updating of photovoltaic plants that have already completed their warranty period and need to return to full performance.

With this software, TSO will put an end to the problems many current installations have nowadays, which gradually affect their production during their useful life, by predicting the panels that are going to fail before compliance with the guarantee and those that have to be changed in plants that have completed 10 years of operation and are therefore out of guarantee. Reports of this company indicate that around 6-8% of the solar modules present failures in plants installed 10 years ago and that 2% of the modules will fail throughout their useful life in any solar plant.

In conclusion, The South Oracle’s OSR will cover three existing needs in photovoltaic plants. Firstly, the preventive-predictive and corrective Smart Solar Maintenance (SSM); secondly, the plant repowering/revamping to optimize the production and finally, the economic study and the new proposal that will guarantee the maximum profitability of the solar plant.

The company has announced that a demonstration of the advantages of its OSR patent will be conducted during the O&M and Asset Management International Congress to be held on 5 December in London.

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Forum Neue Energiewelt, 21-22 November 2019, Berlin

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Dii Desert Energy Leadership Summit, 25-26th of November, Berlin

Dii Desert Energy will be hosting the 10th annual Dii Desert Energy Leadership Summit on 25-26th of November, at the Adlon Kempiski hotel in Berlin. Combined with the 10th Arab-German Energy Forum and in co-operation Ghorfa (Arab – German Chamber of Commerce), the conference will be held under the theme ‘The Energy Transition in the Arab World’. This year will be very special as both Dii Desert Energy and Ghorfa’s Energy Forum will celebrate their 10th anniversary.

In 10 years’ time Dii Desert Energy has grown from a rudimentary ‘Desertec Vision’ (initially mainly concentrated on power from the deserts for Europe, ‘Desertec 1.0’) via a focus on clean energy for the region (Desertec2.0) towards a highly recognised market enabler for ‘green electrons’ and ‘green molecules’ from the deserts of MENA for MENA’s own population and eventually as a net exporter for the global emission free energy markets (Desertec 3.0).

The combined Ghorfa – Dii event will offer a unique platform for the exchange of knowledge, strategies, experience and personal networking among an international audience from the public and private sector.

For more information, please visit our event website and contact us at  to register at a special preferential rate for SolarPower Europe.

Last change for new entrants to the promising Indian energy market!

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This is your chance to secure a prominent position for attractive conditions at The smarter E India (November 27-29) – India’s innovation hub for the new energy world taking place at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in the capital city of the state of Karnataka. Be part of exhibition trio – Intersolar India, ees India, and Power2Drive India and have a look at our all-in-one-exhibit packages.

Your Benefits – What is included?

  • Access to one of the most promising energy and e-mobility markets worldwide
  • 10,000+ key decision makers at the exhibition trio The smarter E India!
  • Technical/organizational support – before, during and after the exhibition

Pavilion Packages – your easy and cost-effective exhibit solution

You concentrate on your business, while we facilitate the rest!

The Indian energy and e-mobility market is dynamic and promising! India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world after China and the US with a cumulative solar capacity of 28 GW by the end of 2018. Also, India may emerge the third largest energy storage installation country by 2040 according to Bloomberg analysts. With India’s goal to reduce oil dependency and urban pollution the electric mobilty market is at the top of the national agenda. The Indian government has created momentum through its EV schemes and programs with a goal of reaching 30% EV penetration by 2030!

Please contact Diana Döppe,, +49 (0)7231/585 98 220 for more information. Application Deadline is October 31st,.2019!

Take your chance to join the most powerful platform in the MENA region

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Intersolar Middle East @Middle East Electricity, 3-5 March 2020, Dubai

The world of energy is witnessing rapid and far-reaching changes. Cost reductions, innovation and policy frameworks are driving an unprecedented growth of renewable energy across the globe. The oil- and gas-exporting countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are increasingly part of this momentum. Gulf countries are set to capitalize on their promising resources for renewable power generation, along with applications for buildings, transport, direct heat and cooling. Renewable energy targets at the national and sub-national levels are key.

In its RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET ANALYSIS: GCC 2019, IRENA predicts that by 2030, the region could save 354 million barrels of oil equivalent (a 23% reduction), create more than 220.500 jobs, reduce the power sector’s carbon dioxide emissions by 22%, and cut water withdrawal in the power sector by 17% based on the renewables targets already in place.

Middle East Electricity (MEE), Intersolar, and ees, the leading energy exhibitions are joining hands to co-deliver an outstanding renewables and energy storage event at Middle East Electricity 2020.

Renewables and energy storage at MEE is the largest gathering of solar and renewable energy industry professionals in the Middle East & Africa, offering the most effective trade focused platform to international manufacturers and distributors looking to meet regional buyers.

Intersolar and ees are launching a unique feature area in the heart of the Renewables & Energy Storage product sectors at MEE 2020, including exclusive exhibiting pavilions for companies and the annual Intersolar/ees Middle East Conference.

Exhibitions in the MENA region normally cost US$600+ per sqm. But, for only US$ 5,000 your company receive brand visibility at the Intersolar or the ees pavilion!

• Fully Built Video-pod with 42” TV screen

• 1 Table, 3 chairs, carpeting, spotlights & power sockets, 1 brochure racket

• Basic Company entry in Event Directory and Event App

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