Italy Enacts Energy Transition: Seven Key Points to Consider

ITALIA SOLARE, the national solar organization based in Italy, sent a letter to Roberto Cingolani, the current Minister of Climate Change, outlining seven solar goals for accelerating the energy transition.

The letter emphasizes that Italy still has a long way to go in terms of realizing the full potential of solar energy: It demonstrates that the longer we wait to begin the transition of energy sources, the more GDP, job prospects, and technological growth we can lose in a highly strategic sector in which Italian companies have the potential to be key elements of a global market.

Here, we will illustrate the main points of energy transition to Minister Cingolani in the letter.

  1. Action is needed. We must do our best to streamline authorization processes and require guarantees of timelines to go with it; have complete access to the energy markets for renewables as soon as possible; end all subsidizing antithetical to green growth initiatives for fossil fuels. We also need to include the detrimental effects on the environment and the health caused by fossil fuels, which should be added to the expense of their price.
  2. It is required to revise DMNA procedures, particularly on industrial and commercial rooftops, as well as to enhance the lifespan of F. Also, expedite the time it takes to claim rewards to add on or replace systems devoted to solar photovoltaic on these two mediums. Land; extend the length of claims; make claims on or awards easier to receive for systems installed on industrial and commercial properties.
  3. We could alter the Superbonus 110%, and start reducing costs gradually, but only if local communities provide sufficient collateral to keep the bonus credit lines open, to 2024s, which they should be doing by 2023, and proceed with the measure, depending on how much collateral is provided.
  4. With regard to the DMFER, we should amend the PNRR. ItoA, it is essential that large plants have the right to use the energy market, but nothing else is needed. An aid is required to assist with the implementation of electrochemical storage, as well as green hydrogen and electrification.
  5. We believe in implementing sustainable systems like collective self-consumption and giving everyone the time to gradually off-site to create their own solar power as well as encouraging the introduction of storage systems on site would be an excellent step to increase renewable energy consumption, hence we think it is wise to give folks a long period of time to achieve self-consumption.
  6. We must provide for the reform of the Capacity Market, to ensure that a fair and open market while also consider the demand for renewable energy-powered storage as part of generation capacity.
  7. In summary, our focus should be decarbonization and industrially driven unbundling in order to move to both a decoupling of energy production and the removal of the carbon cap. When a monopoly is imposed on the line managers cannot even participate in companies that produce or sell electricity, nor can they regulate companies that provide it after the meter is rolled out because unfair competition is possible. Other government-owned firms, as well as privately owned ones, should also be kicked out of the energy production and sales industries, leaving only those companies who own the networks to remain.

Finally, we should appoint an autonomous agency, completely distinct from TSOs and DSOs, to determine the true needs for network expansion, including the use of additional power and as well as the energy capacity needed in various areas.


Solar Market Growth in Spain Takes the Lead

We are kicking off 2021 by highlighting the solar markets at the Top 5 EU, as identified in our most recent EU Business Outlook for European Photovoltaics Business Development. In 2020, Spain was the EU’s third-largest solar market.

Without auctions, the PPA/merchant segment has accounted for all of Spain’s new energy. This is a monumental achievement: it is the first time in Europe that this volume of capacity has been grid-connected without the use of public subsidies or auctions. This is an effectively positive indicator for solar and demonstrates the competitiveness of photovoltaic technology in Spain.

UNEF estimated that the new capacity will be around 2-3 GW at the utility scale by 2020. According to survey data taken from the end of October, 1 – 450 MWDC of PV power was added to utility-scale plants. Spain added 2,600 MWDC of new solar energy in total.

Additionally, the residential sector of Spain is performing better than anticipated. Fiscal incentives in some jurisdictions and pandemic-related mobility constraints mean that people are trying to increase their savings and are more likely to invest in residential-focused solar energy systems.

In the future, solar growth will be fueled by the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) of Spain which was approved this year and includes a target of 74 percent renewable electricity generation and 39.2 GWDC of solar PV capacity by 2030. Starting at around 10 GW today, this indicates that the annual new PV capacity would need to be around 2.8 GW to meet the NECP goals over the next decade.

Additionally, the Spanish government-endorsed Royal Decree 960/2020, which establishes a new renewable energy remuneration scheme based on a specific price per unit of energy produced and to be awarded via auctions. Spain held the first auction for 3GW of sustainable renewable energy capacity just this week.

In addition, solar is part of Spain’s goal to ensure that its citizens maintain their economic and environmental viability by putting them at the forefront of new energy sources. Currently, the country is in the process of undertaking a National Self-Consumption Initiative that is intended to promote such dynamics as ‘energy societies.'” Additionally, the Strategy will look at the countries’ self-supply and potential and target utilization of the amount of installed capacity in 2030.

In addition to the current issues that the Spanish market should resolve is concerned with establishing term and subscriber privileges, and with the implementation of the network access regulations. It’s time to get back to the drawing board, because the authorization process needs to be redone. Previous actions are no longer needed as they are detailed above, which could result of bottlenecks in the entire process.

Concerning network access, the current procedure, dating all the way back to 2000, has been criticized for its lengthy duration, lack of clarity, and asymmetric detail. In January 2021, the Royal Decree on access and connection will address these concerns and ensure that power is allocated to higher-development projects. This should guarantee that Spain remains one of Europe’s top five GW industries for the coming years.


Solar Markets in Netherlands Promises a Bright Future

The EU’s newest market forecast for solar power indicates that the following the end of 2020 shows that these countries are on track to account for 50% of the European solar market share. On day two of our study, we are examining the EU’s second-largest market: the Netherlands. Last year, almost three gigawatts of project capacity were installed, as well as 12 additional government-subsidized mega-wattitude projects in the pipeline.

As far as the clouds are concerned, this painting a rosy picture is fair, considering the COVID pandemic. A projection by the national organization Holland Solar anticipates that indicates that an additional 3.5 GW of solar power will be installed in 2021.

As well as optimistic measurements on this method’s costs, the Netherlands found creative approaches to solar installations, such as installing on-the-the-roof and off-the-the-the-the-the-grid systems. Due to a variety of diverse locations and convenient water and sand locations, there will be increased opportunities for floating solar sites to go solar.

Carports have seen an increase in demand because of recent improvements in solar technology. A good example, for one, is the Dronten festival site, which constructed a solar carport with 35MW. Residential solar, which accounts for nearly one gigawatt of energy each year, will remain a significant segment of the global market for the foreseeable future.

Thanks to the small installations that do not involve a lot of people, this form of solar power and contributing to its general people-awareness of solar’s position, people gain support for places where it is currently being used. The findings on the benefits of adopting a more flexible approach in the Netherlands reveal that, for the moment, rooftops and offshore wind turbines are equally competitive.

With regard to the primary drivers for solar energy sources in the Netherlands, the SDE tender system has historically had a stimulating impact. There were two subsidies rounds of competition from other energy sources in the first place in the year beginning of the 2020s, in which €4 billion was budgeted for solar power, and in the fall, which will be the last, there will only be one.

This round was almost the end of the solar bidding process, and as a result, 3.44 GW worth of contracts were awarded to solar.

Additionally, over the next three years, utility-scale solar power is projected to be at grid parity without incentives.

If Wood Mackenzie’s latest projections are right, which are likely to increase annual renewable power generation in the Netherlands by 2.58 GW, installed capacity will increase by 12.9 GW per year over the next five years, which equates to 2.58 GW over the year. Lastly, the results showed that the largest solar market in the EU is well-poised to gain market share in 2017 due to various factors.


Notes on the Solar Energy Auction in Spain

It was the first time in five years that Spain had arranged a green energy call for five years last week. By participating in 2,026 MW from the 3,034 MW in the auction, solar energy was clearly able to prove its ability to compete on a level playing field.

Here are the three key occurrences that happened in the event:

  • 2026 from the 3,034 MW in solar power that had been sold at the second round of auction has been added to the grid.
  • If the world average cost of solar dropped to 24.47 Euros per Megawatt per kWh in 2020, the price of energy will be reduced by 28%.
  • Auctions often make it possible for businesses to pay back the money they owe for new plants or equipment, which is essential for corporate survival.

During this event, the general manager of the Unión Española Fotovoltaica, José Donoso, was present to provide a comment on how Solar Energy has successfully been well-represented in this auction.

With regards to what is commercially available interest in renewable energy, the solar is also ranks in the middle with the most expansive and environment-friendly of technologies, as shown by the fact that it is awarded 2/3 of the energy assets auctioned. With that, the rates help give customers a break on their energy bills

An average price of €24.47 Euros per megawatt could and was being guaranteed at 22.9 Euros per MW, financing its subsequent purchases at this 12.9 Euros per MW for the upcoming decade. This price reflects a retail discount of 28% off of the future year in which rates, which can be assumed to be driven by the continued economic crisis in COVID, with 49% extra savings by the following.

This model is a particular example of how profitable an auction process can be when considering the number of projects created and how much buyers are willing to pay for their projects to be auctioned. It means that people of the region are also going to benefit from a much safer and much less expensive form of energy because of the recent auction’s success.


Road to a Million: Austria Establishes Solar Rooftops

Solar energy is experiencing a surge in popularity in Austria.

Just this past year, the Austrian Ministry allotted €50 million for the production of renewable energy resources, with all three-quarters of the money directed toward residential, utility, public, and private development. This, including all already contracted projects, amounts to 15,957 new solar installations totaling 332 MW.

Moreover, the mission of Austrian Climate and Energy Minister, Leonore Gessler is to get the country to finally use 100% renewable energy within that year. With that, this project has been formed on the rock of the One-Million-Rooftop Program. This is borne from the main goal of GESLER, which is to maximize the competitiveness, complexity, with the desire to provide solar energy across as many roofs as necessary in Austria.

The president of the European Photovoltaic Association, Gernotobuse Blumel, joined with the Finance Minister in saying that an important means to reaching the target of adding 30 GW of new photovoltaic grid capacity by 2030 would be the €3 billion EU Recovery Fund that should mainly be used for increasing the grid’s medium voltage solar capacity.

With that, the Association calls for €1 billion of funding to be used to help in the expansion of the electrical grid Recovery funds. Given this funding, it could hypothetically include half of the costs and the remainder would be covered by associated expenses, which easily covers the implementation fees required for the various projects

On the other hand, the chairman of the Federal Association for Power Convergence Photovolt Austria argued that an extension of the national grids would benefit both renewable energy sources, which are environmentally sound and economic. Furthermore, he states that it will be carried out through the EU Recovery Fund.

This way, it will supply environmentally stable, renewable, grid energy while also providing sustainable and transparent power as well as to the consumer. Sooner or later, an additional 50,000 jobs will be generated through the initiative, with an increased value for the American economy.

As a result, the value for the American economy will be eventually boosted as well. Given that, there is hardly any doubt that this will be supported by the relevant partners in society, particularly the federal and provincial governments.

To top it all off, the Climate and Energy Bureau and Research Program of Austria has given the project its blessing for the next fiscal year. A sum of €217.3 million will be available, which will go to doing things like expanding renewables restructuring, decarbonizing the industrial sector, and saving the electricity sector.


A Promising Year for Solar Energy: 2020 is Belgium’s Strongest Year Ever

Blessed with more sunny days than all the other years together, it is inevitable that 2020 will be a productive year for the Belgian solar power industry. Finally, Belgium’s power output reached 1.1 gigawatts for the first time during the CO19 outbreak in 2013, coincidentally also with the year of the first days of solar radiation expansion.

As per the solar national association of Belgium, the country’s cumulative solar installation capacity now exceeds 6 GW. In 2020, the bulk of solar energy will be deployed in Flanders (80%), and 15% in Wallonia, while the rest is for the capital city of Brussels.

In Flanders, generation functionality was mainly powered by the residential sector, which increased by 45 percent year on year. One of the primary factors for the increase in implementation is a favorable regulatory environment that provides a grace period of 15 years for small device owners before the latest electronic metering requirements take effect.

In Wallonia, on the other hand, a substantial decline in commercial and utility-scale sectors resulted in a decrease in generation capacity when compared to the prior year.

With that, the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) in Belgium currently mandates that the country achieve approximately 8 GW of solar power by 2030. However, in light of recent market strength, solar ambitions could potentially be increased. Due to the fact that the solar PV goal will be met well before the decade’s end, rather than stagnate, Belgium already has the potential to spread its position as a global GW sector.

European Photovoltaics Business Development’s evaluation of the NECP of the country details many procedural improvements that could facilitate progress. If administrative procedures and the current heterogeneity of the regulatory system for auctions are strengthened, the Belgium solar sector will continue to thrive and contribute to the country meeting its overall energy and environment goals.


A New Sustainability Champion Emerges for Europe

Sustainability is the buzzword of the moment, and it encompasses far more than pollution reductions. To be sustainable, a value chain’s economic, environmental, and social dimensions must be considered. Solar energy is the most renewable energy source not only due to its low carbon footprint.

This is also due to how it increases energy self-sufficiency and is extremely job-intensive, generating more employment per installed watt than in any other energy source. Solar innovations, such as floating solar as well as agrisolar, also demonstrate how solar can help conserve biodiversity.

The solar industry seeks to bolster its sustainability leadership, and the successful European Green Deal offers an ideal platform for establishing sustainability as a central tenet. Currently, the EU solar industry is preparing to comply with forthcoming  EU sustainable product initiatives including projects like Ecodesign and Energy Labeling for photovoltaic (PV) products, which would lift the bar for solar’s sustainability ambitions even higher.

This is an opportunity for us to shed a light on businesses that are leading the way in terms of sustainability initiatives.

Pia Alina Lange, our first sustainability campaigner, works with RECHARGE which is the European industry organization for advanced rechargeable as well as lithium battery producers and the whole supply chain that supports them. We address the newly released proposal with regards to the Batteries Regulation, climate change, and how end-users should participate in the energy transition.

The Meaning of Sustainability

In all of her time working in the field of sustainable energy, she has come to see that it is an approach that not only contributes to environmental preservation, but also to social prosperity that must be taken into consideration. That said, without achieving an ideal balance, neither one thing nor the other would function over time.

The Company Efforts to Support Solar Energy and Sustainability

The core goal of the RECHARGE program is to connect and streamline all phases of the implicit battery value chain into an ecosystem where both the environment and competitive batteries are upheld. Lithium power has really taken root in Europe, with regard to infrastructure by being a contributor to legislative and constitutional processes and may have established itself as the key technology of decentralized renewable energy.

More and more batteries connected to solar PV systems have become standard in today’s world than it would seem, and that is fully in line with what they know about them.

Sustainability Areas of Focus

They have been proposing the application of laws requiring the exercise of human, social, and occupational safety as well as labor rights in the battery supply chain for many years, and are very pleased that these newly released regulations provide requirements for human and labor standards to ensure value chain and sustainability practices.

The only regret is not realizing that sourcing directly from the raw materials is possible, however.

In a second step, they attempt to lessen their carbon footprint while expanding the carbon space elsewhere, such as with the decarbonizing our sectors such as the generation of electricity and the mobility of people and freight.

To facilitate Europe’s battery recycling efforts, which includes, among other things, rules and procedures for calculating the environmental impact of batteries, RECHARGE already assisted the commission was active in 2013. For them, the ultimate aim is for these goods is to be more environmentally friendly, environmentally sound.

In light of how strategic batteries are becoming a part of our everyday life, enhancing our sector’s environmental efficiency must be the most pressing concern of the day.

The Daily Impact of Sustainable Practices

For the most part, they see no aspect in their industry that does not contribute to societal well-being. They hold responsibility for bringing about positive change in social and environmental growth. We’ll continue to expand our focus on topics such as industry leadership, European competitiveness, and breakthrough batteries for the long term, regardless of how long it takes.

How Europeans Can Take Part

Everybody, from end-users to industrial consumers as well as eco-villagers, have a vital role to play in advancing a more prosperous society and environmentally friendly economy their main goal is to remove underperforming batteries from the European markets, which are carbon-heavy, such as the battery with a large carbon footprint.

On the other hand, we intend to boost the two highly respected battery sustainability factors – particularly when they need reduced consumption – by making those less carbon-intensive ones mainstream. Once again, the carbon footprint offers environmental knowledge but goes beyond pure and technical analysis to describe battery qualities.


Sweden Reaches a Milestone in Solar Energy Development

The country’s likable results placed the current 1 GW of operational solar power generation capacity at Svensk Solenergi, according to preliminary information from the Swedish Energy Agency who say that Svensk Energi or the Swedish Energy Agency reports being current as of market studies conducted by Swedish Energy Inc.

The possibility of a pandemic occurring because of the dramatic rise in deployment of solar energy in 2020 led to solar energy becoming even more abundant.

Solar growth has been aided by a rebate program that was set to expire. However, it was extended until 2021, benefiting only businesses and communities that applied before July 2020. Since January 1, 2021, residential photovoltaic owners have benefited from a current tax break of 14.55 percent of the installation bill.

The Energy Agency of Sweden forecasts that solar energy in Sweden will continue to grow this year and into 2022, notwithstanding any economic setbacks caused by the global health crisis. With that, solar energy in Sweden has shown its resilience in the face of adversity.

The CEO of Svensk Solenergi, Anne Werner, was quick to comment on the state of solar energy in Sweden, saying that we can finally count national installed power in gigawatts and rejoice that we have moved on from boring megawatt counting.

Sweden needs a long-term national strategy for attracting large – and multinational – scale solar investment to enable installed capacity to expand at a fast pace. As there has been a shift in policies towards green building and rooftop solar in the last decade, we can conclude that ground-mounted solar has seen little response in the way of solar credits over the last decade

The sunny parts of the country would have to make better resources more resources and infrastructure allowances in order to allow for additional solar power parks to be built.

Additionally, Werner has argued that the northern region of Sweden is important for producing a larger amount of electrical energy than the rest of the country is using. While this indicates a need for power plants in the south, it suggests that it could be met by solar energy, it has also unveiled a potentially difficult dilemma in terms of moving energy from the north to the south.