11 May 2017 2017 10:15 AM GMT

Today, Every Fifth Utility Company In Germany Offers Photovoltaics To Households

The energy transition is changing the face of the energy market and its stakeholders. For utilities, this process also means a restructuring that will affect all areas. The energy transition involves products and services in the energy efficiency, mobility, electricity and heat sectors. It, therefore, creates numerous opportunities for utilities to grow by coming up with innovative solutions, but it also brings many risks. Customer relationships are changing. Simple power delivery is being replaced by more complex prosumer relationships. The portfolio of utility companies now consists of products such as photovoltaic installations and electrical storage systems, as well as new services in the mobility sector.

Utility companies are a central link between green technology providers and users – for private households as much as for businesses. Photovoltaics – a central pillar of the energy transition – have experienced a strong growth ever since the renewable energy law was passed in Germany. However, since the peak times of 2010 and 2012, installation numbers for new photovoltaic systems have been declining.

In a recent study, the German market research and consulting company EuPD Research has analysed energy transition related activities of all nearly 1.300 German utility companies regarding electricity, heating, energy efficiency and mobility. The Bonn-based company has developed a quality model which allowed products and services offered by utilities to be evaluated objectively. It shows which utilities are already setting an example with respect to the energy transition and acting in the interests of the customer. In early 2017, between February and April, this model formed the basis of the first comprehensive study of its kind; of all utilities in Germany. The results show that by now every fifth utility already offers PV systems to their customers. Storage systems, too, are already well established as a complementary technology. 70% of the companies, who offer PV systems, also offer storage.

“Even though the change is coming slowly, utilities by now have realised that they have to cater to the new demands of end customers regarding products and services around the energy transition“ states Dr Martin Ammon, head of energy economics at EuPD Research.

Beyond the original supply of technology components, utility companies provide a sometimes broad variety of information and services. “These days utility companies often offer service features such as profitability calculators for PV systems with and without storage, or the identification of customer roofs via the solar cadastre,“ Ammon says. Moreover, the study results show that utilities offer various services around PV systems such as financing, insurance or maintenance.

Based on this complete survey the best utility companies will be awarded the “Energy Transition Award“ at Intersolar Europe on June 1st, 2017. Intersolar Europe, DCTI Deutsches CleanTech Institut and EuPD Research are the project initiators.

For further information see: www.energiewende-award.de

Intersolar Europe is the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry and its partners and takes place annually at the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany.  The event’s exhi­bition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, energy storage systems, renewable heating technologies, as well as on products and solutions for smart renewable energy. Since being founded 25 years ago, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

October 17th 2017
Grids Integration, Energy Networks Boosted By Distributed Generation Growth

Renewable energy has continued to develop at ever increasing rates, with remarkable growth seen since the start of this decade. The pace of the energy transition is driving innovation and growth in related sectors. For energy networks and grids integrating small gas turbines, micro-turbines, fuel cells, biomass, small hydropower, wind and solar energy; distributed generation installation provides significant solutions in the restructured electricity regime. This is particularly so, where there is a larger uncertainty in demand and supply.

October 16th 2017
Nordex Adds To Successes In Argentina, Winning 100 MW Pomona Wind Farm Order

The Nordex Group has added a further chapter to its success story in Argentina with an order for 26 N131/3900 turbines for the “Pomona” wind farm. The contract will be executed on a full EPC basis, including civil and electrical engineering, procurement, construction and manufacturing, delivery and installation of the wind turbines. Preparations for construction will be commencing in 2017, after which the wind power systems will be installed at the beginning of 2019. In addition, a ten-year full operation and maintenance contract has also been signed. 

October 16th 2017
Uganda Inaugurates Breakthrough Tororo PV Plant. A Future Model For Africa?

Production has commenced at the Tororo PV power plant; which, with 16 GWh of renewable energy generated annually, will cater for the energy requirements of 35,838 people and help reduce CO2 emissions by 7,200 tons. Overall, $19.6 million was invested to build the 10 MWp plant, with the engagement of several major organisations including KfW and FMO Development Banks, the World Bank and the EU. Attilio Pacifici, EU Ambassador said, “One of the key objectives of this plan is to encourage private sector participation in higher risk investments and we’re happy to demonstrate that Uganda is well positioned to be successful and a good model for replication.”

October 2nd 2017
Wind Energy Has The Potential To Provide 30% Of Europe’s Power By 2030

Wind energy has the potential to provide up to 30% of Europe’s power by 2030 according to reports by WindEurope. These state that Europe is on course for an average installation rate of 12.6 GW per year in the years up to 2020, taking it to a total of 204 GW by 2020. By this date wind would be Europe’s largest renewable energy source, surpassing hydro and providing 16.5% of it’s electricity demand. The growth is concentrated in six countries, with Eastern Europe, a platform for growth beyond 2020.

October 10th 2017
Enel Starts Construction Of Australia’s Largest Solar PV Project

The Bungala Solar One facility is part of the Bungala Solar PV Project and will have an installed capacity of 137.7 MW out of a total of more than 275 MW for the whole project, that will be able to produce 570 GWh per year. The facility will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and will consist of about 420,000 polycrystalline PV modules mounted on single-axis tracker structures which will follow the Sun’s path from east to west; increasing the amount of energy produced by the plant, compared to PV modules with fixed structures. The overall Bungala Solar PV project is expected to become fully operational in early 2019.


 

   

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