SolarPower Europe unveils SolarPower Live Map on solar’s brightest day

Brussels, 21 June 2017 – On the year’s longest and brightest day, SolarPower Europe, launched the most dynamic and accurate tool for close to real-time mapping of solar power generation in Europe.

James Watson, CEO SolarPower Europe, announced: ‘The SolarPower Live Map provides close to real time solar generation data and covers virtually all European countries, with some data broken down further on a detailed regional level. There is also the option to see the historic solar generation from 2005 to 2016, as well as generation data per inhabitant. This is an unprecedented tool in the renewable energy sector and demonstrates the perfect synergy between solar power and the digitalisation of energy.’

‘We made this tool using 3E’s excellent solar data service to show that hour-by-hour solar is driving the energy transition in Europe”, said Thomas Döring, SolarPower Europe Policy Analyst and coordinator of the map. Döring continued, “We hope that policy makers, industry and the public enjoy exploring solar across regions, cities and countries -and see the vast potential of solar in Europe’.

The map was made in collaboration with the leading solar experts of 3E and SMA. Geert Palmers, CEO of 3E stated: ‘Solar brings major power contributions to our society – to rural communities and to our cities, smartly integrated from Pico to Gigawatt scale. In several regions of Europe, we reached over 30% coverage of the power consumption by solar over sunny hours during the day. 3E is proud to power this great initiative with our solar data services’.

‘SMA is offering a global data network of more than 250,000 PV systems worldwide and we take great pride in being part of this important project. The SolarPower Live Map shows how viable and reliable solar is today, thus policy-makers across Europe should increase the
deployment of the clean energy source that is solar’, said Detlef Beister, Business Development Manager for Product Group Solutions at SMA.

See the SolarPower Live Map here

About 3E
3E ( is a technology company providing consultancy & software services in
renewable energy & energy efficiency. 3E’s international team operates from Brussels (HQ),
Paris, London, Toulouse, Istanbul, Cape Town and Delhi. The company has a track-record of
over 15 years in over 40 countries.

About SMA
The SMA Group with sales of around €1 billion in 2016 is the global market leader for solar
inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions
that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV
power plants. To increase PV self-consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be
combined with different battery technologies. Intelligent energy management solutions,
comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s
range. The company is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, is represented in 20
countries and has more than 3,000 employees worldwide, including 500 working in
Development. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 900 patents and
utility models. Since 2008, the Groups parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been
listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is currently the only
company in the solar industry that is listed in the TecDAX index.

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