The Renewable Energy, Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference, ATHENS, 18.12.2018

Renpower Greece – The Renewable Energy, Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference

Date: Tuesday, 18 December of 2018

Venue: Wyndham Grand Athens Hotel

Attending: key stakeholders in the sector, including representatives from the Government, International Finance Institutions, international and local developers, EPC contractors, independent power producers, engineering services and advisory, manufacturers, banking and private equity entities.

The one-day conference will address some of the following topics in 5 different sessions:

  • Action plans and strategy for the deployment of renewable energy in Greece
  • Greece’s untapped resources of renewable energy as a mean to attract investments
  • Overcoming challenges in the development, execution and maintenance of renewable energy projects
  • Innovative energy technologies for the transformation, production and consumption of electrical energy
  • The challenge: grid reinforcement and interconnections upgrades to meet energy demand and incorporation of renewable energy
  • Risks in the financing, development, execution, and operation of renewable energy related projects
  • Innovative financial mechanisms and incentives available for renewable energy projects financing
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Jose Romero – Event Manager jromero@euroconventionglobal.com

Tel.: +1 407 985 2256 (USA) – +32 2 662 16 12 (BELGIUM)

Website: www.conventionventures.com

Η ανάπτυξη των φωτοβολταϊκών στην Ελλάδα & οι διαγωνισμοί ΑΠΕ, στο επίκεντρο του τριήμερου συνεδρίου της Solarplaza 20-22/11/2018

Η πρόσφατα αναγεννημένη αγορά ηλιακής ενέργειας στην Ελλάδα προσελκύει μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον, όχι μόνο σε εθνικό αλλά και σε διεθνές επίπεδο. Πρόσφατα, η Ρυθμιστική Αρχή Ενέργειας ανακοίνωσε τον νέο διαγωνισμό φωτοβολταϊκών που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 10 Δεκεμβρίου, όπου και σχεδιάζει να χορηγήσει 94 MW για φωτοβολταϊκά έργα μέχρι 1 MW καθώς και 100 MW για έργα μεταξύ 1 MW και 20 MW. Αξίζει επιπλέον να σημειωθεί πως η Ελλάδα έχει ήδη επιτύχει σημαντική εγκατάσταση φωτοβολταϊκών, γεγονός που θέτει το ερώτημα για το ποια θα είναι τα νέα σχέδια & οι στόχοι για το 2020 και τι θα συμβεί στη συνέχεια.

Για να απαντήσει σε αυτές τις ερωτήσεις, η Solarplaza διοργανώνει το συνέδριο PV Market & Tender Mission Greece, το οποίο θα πραγματοποιηθεί στις 20-22 Νοεμβρίου 2018 στην Αθήνα. Το συνέδριο αναμένεται να κινητοποιήσει κρατικά-κυβερνητικά στελέχη, διεθνείς κατασκευαστές, επενδυτές και άλλους ενδιαφερόμενους. Μαζί, θα διερευνήσουν τις ευκαιρίες στην αναδυόμενη ελληνική αγορά φωτοβολταϊκών, με τις επερχόμενες δημοπρασίες να είναι ένα από τα βασικά σημεία στα οποία θα εστιάσει η εκδήλωση. Την τελευταία ημέρα του συνεδρίου, στις 22 Νοεμβρίου, η Solarplaza θα φιλοξενήσει μια μονοήμερη διάσκεψη, στην οποία θα συμμετάσχουν τοπικοί παράγοντες της αγοράς, στο ξενοδοχείο Royal Olympic, στην Αθήνα. Στην πρόσθετη αυτή διάσκεψη θα συζητηθούν οι προκλήσεις και οι ευκαιρίες για τα διασυνδεδεμένα φωτοβολταϊκά, το ρυθμιστικό πλαίσιο για την ανάπτυξη του κλάδου, καθώς και οι ευκαιρίες στον εμπορικό και βιομηχανικό τομέα και τα καινοτόμα επιχειρηματικά μοντέλα που υπάρχουν στην ελληνική αγορά φωτοβολταϊκών.

Κατά τη διάρκεια της διάσκεψης διακεκριμένοι ομιλητές θα παρουσιάσουν τις γνώσεις και την εμπειρία τους για την ηλιακή ενέργεια στην Ελλάδα, όπως o Μιχάλης Βερροιόπουλος, Γενικός Γραμματέας Ενέργειας του Υπουργείο Περιβάλλοντος και Ενέργειας, ο Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service and Product Management Europe της Jinko Solar, ο Διονύσης Παπαχρήστου, Συντονιστής της ομάδας δημοπρασιών ΑΠΕ της ΡΑΕ και ο Στέλιος Ψωμάς, Σύμβουλος του ΣΕΦ.

Όσοι δεν μπορούν να περιμένουν το συνέδριο και θέλουν να αποκτήσουν μια εικόνα της συγκεκριμένης αγοράς, μπορούν μεταβούν στην ολοκληρωμένη επισκόπηση της Solarplaza για την ταχέως αναπτυσσόμενη αγορά ηλιακής ενέργειας στην Ελλάδα. Το “Solar Energy Snapshot” της ελληνικής αγοράς φωτοβολταϊκών παρέχει τα βασικά στοιχεία για τον κλάδο των φωτοβολταϊκών και τους διαγωνισμούς ΑΠΕ της χώρας, και είναι διαθέσιμο στην ιστοσελίδα της εκδήλωσης.

Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες σχετικά με το PV Market & Tender Mission Greece” επισκεφθείτε τη σχετική διεύθυνση.

Δυνατότητες επικοινωνίας:

Για θέματα σχετικά με το πρόγραμμα και τη διοργάνωση:
Kristiaan Versteeg
Project Manager, Solarplaza
kristiaan@solarplaza.com
+31 63 6149 517
+31 10 3027 907

Για ευκαιρίες χορηγίας και εκθεσιακής προβολής:
Tom van Dorp
Account Manager, Solarplaza
t.vandorp@solarplaza.com
+31 10 3027 910

Για θέματα ενημέρωσης και συνεργασίας με τα ΜΜΕ:

Irene Rodríguez Martín
Marketeer
irene@solarplaza.com
+31 10 3027 912

Συνέδριο της Solarplaza για τη διαχείριση χαρτοφυλακίων φωτοβολταϊκών

Οι νέες τάσεις της αγοράς και η προστιθέμενη αξία για τις επενδύσεις

Για έκτη συνεχή χρονιά, η Solarplaza διοργανώνει στο Μιλάνο (23-24 Οκτωβρίου 2018) διεθνές συνέδριο για τη διαχείριση χαρτοφυλακίων φωτοβολταϊκών. Το συνέδριο υποστηρίζεται από τον Σύνδεσμο Εταιριών Φωτοβολταϊκών.

Πάνω από 65 ομιλητές θα συμμετάσχουν στο συνέδριο. Μεταξύ αυτών οι: Δρ. Σωτήρης Καπέλλος (Πρόεδρος ΣΕΦ – ΕΛΠΕ Ανανεώσιμες) και εκπρόσωποι των εταιριών Sonnedix, SUSI Partners, Octopus Investments, Enerparc AG, Encavis, Foresight Group, Next Energy Capital.

Η θεματολογία του συνεδρίου περιλαμβάνει, μεταξύ άλλων, και τα εξής:

  • Πώς μεταβάλλεται η διαχείριση φωτοβολταϊκών σταθμών υπό καθεστώς ελεύθερης αγοράς και μη κρατικής ενίσχυσής τους.
  • Ψηφιοποίηση της λειτουργίας και διαχείρισης φωτοβολταϊκών σταθμών.
  • Παραδείγματα χρήσης τεχνητής νοημοσύνης στη διαχείριση φωτοβολταϊκών σταθμών.
  • Πώς μεταβάλλεται η διαχείριση φωτοβολταϊκών σταθμών όταν προστεθεί κάποιο σύστημα αποθήκευσης.
  • Το μέλλον της εμπορίας ανανεώσιμης ενέργειας: νέα σενάρια για την αγορά.

Το εν λόγω συνέδριο αποτελεί το κορυφαίο του είδους του στην Ευρώπη και εστιάζει στη βελτιστοποίηση της λειτουργίας υφιστάμενων φωτοβολταϊκών πάρκων, φέρνοντας σε επαφή επενδυτές, διαχειριστές χαρτοφυλακίων, εγκαταστάτες, συντηρητές, εταιρίες ανάπτυξης έργων, χρηματοπιστωτικούς φορείς και συμβούλους της βιομηχανίας.

Μπορείτε να βρείτε περισσότερα για το συνέδριο στη διεύθυνση:

www.solarassetmanagementeu.com

 

Solarplaza contacts

 

Program and organizational related business:

Konstantinos Tzanakakis

+31 103027916

konstantinos@solarplaza.com

 

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities:

Jens van der Laan

+31 10 302 7910

jens@solarplaza.com

 

Media partnerships and press outreach:

Irene Rodríguez Martín

+31 10 3027912

irene@solarplaza.com

Commission decides not to extend trade defence measures on solar panels from China

Brussels, 31 August 2018

After having been in place for almost five years, the EU anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on solar panels from China will expire at midnight on Monday 3rd September.

After considering the needs of both producers and those using or importing solar panels the Commission decided it was in the best interests of the EU as a whole to let the measures lapse. This decision also takes into account the EU’s new renewable energy targets.

The EU first imposed definitive anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures in December 2013 for a period of two years. These were then renewed in March 2017 for a period of 18 months only, as opposed to the usual five years.

In its March 2017 decision, the Commission aimed to find a balance between the interests of users, importers and EU producers of solar panels. The Commission also wanted to ensure that EU consumers could buy panels at prices close to the world-market level. After consultation with Member States, the Commission decided – exceptionally – to extend measures for 18 months as a compromise between the competing interests. The level of the measures has gradually decreased over time to allow the prices of the imports into the EU to align progressively with world market prices.

The Commission observed that the market situation has not changed to the extent that this would justify a further extension of the measures now beyond the scheduled 18 months. It therefore rejected the EU industry’s request for an expiry review investigation.

More information

The EU’s anti-dumping policy

The EU’s anti-subsidy policy

Source: European Commission

Over 250 EU companies and associations urge the European Commission: Bring Europe’s largest Trade Case to an End

European companies and associations are calling on the Commission to keep their promise and remove the minimum import price, anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imported solar panels Brussels, 25 May 2018 – Organisations from all 28 EU Member States have called on the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, to honour his promise of February 2017 and phase out the trade measures on solar panels and cells imported to the EU from China and other Asian countries. With the deadline for a request for the extension of the measures looming, concern is mounting once again in the EU solar sector that the European Commission will not honour its promise to phase out the deeply unpopular trade barriers on solar panels and cells this year.

Christian Westermeier, President of SolarPower Europe said ‘Last year, the Commission made a promise to phase-out the trade measures, and they must stick to this deal. Irrespective of any request to extend the measures, the Commission must take the responsibility to stand firm and deliver on their promise. The measures are costing European manufacturing jobs, installation jobs and stifling consumer demand for solar in Europe. This trade policy is counter intuitive to what the European Commission are trying to achieve in the Clean Energy Package they brought forward just 18 months ago.’ James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe added ‘This year solar companies and associations from every Member State have been joined by over 1 million electrical installers and 1 million energy citizens from cooperatives in opposition to the trade measures on solar panels. 18 Member States opposed the measures extension in 2017, and so it is very hard to understand why the measures are still in place. The Commission must heed the findings of the study its own DG Justice and Consumers produced, which urges the removal of the measures as they stifle demand for household solar by up to 30% in EU Member States.’ The EU-China solar trade case represents the largest ever trade dispute between the EU and China and has added over 10 billion to the cost of solar in Europe since the inception of the measures in 2012. On 8 February 2017, the College of Commissioners stated that the measures would be phased out by September 3rd 2018.

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GO DIGITAL AND MAKE THE MOST OF THE RENEWABLES REVOLUTION

New digital technologies are breaking down the traditional boundaries within the energy sector, opening the door to a new era of flexibility. Smart demand response, sector coupling and energy systems 4.0 – the opportunities are countless to make the most of the energy transition. Above all, the digitalisation of the power system has proved to be extremely efficient for network operation and integration of renewables, reducing the need for curtailment and other measures such as capacity markets.

Building on the International Energy Agency’s successful report on “Digitalisation & Energy” published in November 2017, SolarPower Europe highlights the many reasons why European policymakers should embrace this revolution and “go digital” when thinking about future electricity market design.

Read more here

European Parliament Supports a Clean Energy Future

On a bright sunny day (21 Feb. 2018),  the European Parliament’s ITRE Committee voted on the Electricity Market Regulation and Electricity Market Directive.

SolarPower Europe is glad to inform you that the provisions adopted today sets the right path towards an EU clean energy future, based on flexible and open markets supporting more solar and renewable deployment

The Parliament reports are a substantial improvement of the Commission’s proposals, and takes onboard SolarPower Europe’s key proposals:

  • More opened electricity markets allowing solar producers and flexibility providers to participate on an equal footing with conventional players
  • Priority dispatch maintained for existing solar installations, as well as for future small-scale renewable installations (under 500kW, and 250 kW after 2026)
  • Robust protection against solar power curtailment
  • Sharp requirements restricting the use of capacity remuneration mechanisms (CRMs), in line with EU’s climate objectives
  • Stronger principles ensuring fair and non-discriminatory treatment of solar prosumers
  • Simplified and streamlined authorization procedures for small-scale solar installations
  • The removal of obstacles to the development of  power purchase agreements in Europe
  • Consistent signals for system operators to integrate more solar energy, through digital solutions and procurement of flexibility services
  • Specific requirements unlocking the development of storage as a major flexibility provider

Please find here a more detailed summary of the vote results.

Next steps:

The ITRE Committee has also approved MEP Krisjanis Karins’s mandate to start negotiating with the Council on both the Directive and Regulation. Inter-institutional negotiations (trilogues) will therefore start in the following weeks and be concluded in the second half of 2018, under the mandate of the Austrian presidency of the EU Council.

 

European Parliament vote: Big win for solar

RESULTS OF EU PARLIAMENT ITRE COMMITTEE VOTE ON RECAST RENEWABLE ENERGY DIRECTIVE 28 NOVEMBER 2017

 TARGETS

 Minimum, binding 35% EU RES target at EU level.

  • With the help of “benchmarks”, Member States should define their 2030 national targets, which together, should add up to an EU-wide 35% target.
  • EU countries would be allowed to deviate from their targets by maximum 10% only in “exceptional and duly justified circumstances” and provided that they send a notification to the EU Commission by 2025.
  • The Commission would need to take corrective measures if, as a result of Member States’ notifications, the EU 35% target is at risk of not being met.

SUPPORT SCHEMES

 Current EU rules set by state aid guidelines should continue to apply in the next decade:

    • Member States should be able to choose between technology neutral or technology specific support schemes for energy from renewable sources.
    • As for support to electricity from renewable sources, exemptions from the use of market premiums should continue to be possible for projects below 500 KW and exemptions from the allocation of support via tenders should continue to be possible for installations below 1 MW (different numbers for wind).
  • Member States should publish schedules of support for the 5-years ahead.
  • Support schemes should not be changed retrospectively. Changes should be announced at least 9 months before they enter into force and they should involve a public consultation process.
  • Member States should provide compensation to supported projects in case regulatory changes such as electricity tariff redesigns and increased curtailment levels affect such projects in a “significant or discriminatory manner”.

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

  •  Member States should make sure that RES projects below 8 KW can be connected to the grid following a notification to the local grid operator.
  • Developers of projects between 10.8 KW and 50 KW should send a notification to the local grid operator. If no answer is made within two weeks or in the case of a positive answer they would then be able to connect.
  • However, within two weeks, the local grid operator has the possibility to reject the new connection on “justified grounds” or propose a solution. Project developers may at that point decide to go through the normal authorisation procedure.
  • Authorisation procedures for projects between 50 KW and 1 MW should be digitalised, involve a single contact point and last maximum 1 year.
  • Authorisation procedures for projects above 1 MW should be as above and last maximum 3 years.

ENERGY DEMOCRACY

  • Member States should allow consumers to become RES prosumers, either individually or collectively.
  • Prosumers should be exempted from the requirement of obtaining a supply licence provided they inject into the grid max 10 MWh/year at individual level or 500 MWh/year collectively.
  • Excess generation should be remunerated at least at the market.
  • Electricity consumed “within their premises” should not be liable for “any charge, fee, or tax”; complementary storage systems should not be charged either; however, the text is ambiguous as to prosumers’ contribution to network.
  • “Premises” are broadly defined as residential area, commercial, industrial and shared services site, or closed distribution.
  • Third party ownership of on-site plants should be allowed and barriers to the adoption of decentralised RES by low-income consumers or tenants should be removed.
  • Member States should allow consumers to join RES communities. Communities should be composed of at least a majority of local actors and they should not be allowed to install more than 18 MW within 5 years.

GUARANTEES OF ORIGIN AND CORPORATE PROCUREMENT OF RES

  •  Member States should make sure that RES plants installed after 2020 are not double- compensated.
  • To reach this objective, Member States should choose among the following options:
    • Issue and then cancel GOs associated with subsidised RES.
    • Give GOs to subsidised RES producers but make sure that support is either granted within competitive frameworks or is adjusted taking into account the possible revenues from GO
    • In the framework of a corporate PPA, give the GO directly to the corporate buyer.
  • Member States should assess and lift barriers to corporate RES procurement and make information available to the public.

E-MOBILITY

  • Member States should reach a 12% RES in transport targets by mandating fuel suppliers to sell a certain share of renewable energy to the transport sector – RES electromobility can be part of that RES share.

 

SolarPower Europe (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) Rue d’Arlon 69-71 ž 1040 Brussels ž Belgium ž +32 2 709 55 20 info@solarpowereurope.org ž www.solarpowereurope.org

 

Global Market Outlook 2017-2021: Solar Boom Continues

2016 is another record solar year and demand should continue to rise through to 2021

Munich, 30 May 2017 – SolarPower Europe today launched the ‘Global Market Outlook for Solar Power 2017-2021.’ The report confirms that 2016 was another record year for solar, with global annual solar additions growing by 50% with 76.6 GW installed. There is now a total worldwide solar power generation capacity of 306.5 GW.

Christian Westermeier, President of SolarPower Europe, stated: «Never before have we seen more solar power being installed in a single year than in 2016. For the first time, solar left behind its renewable energy peer, wind, in terms of annual installations. This proves the versatility and increasing cost-effectiveness of solar power.»

James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe commented: «When looking at solar, the cost reductions experienced and predicted outstrip all other power generation technologies. Today, utility-scale solar is already cheaper than new gas, coal and nuclear power plants.»

SolarPower Europe foresees that solar will continue its growth in 2017. «Despite the gigantic leap that resulted in the more than 50% growth year on year of annual solar installations in 2016, there is a good chance that the market could even pass the 80 GW mark in 2017,» said Watson.

The quickly decreasing cost of solar continues to improve its competitiveness and is a major driver for solar’s global success story. All solar tenders awarded since 2016 are lower than the price guarantee the UK government signed for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant last year. A new world-record low 25-year solar power supply contract was awarded in Abu Dhabi in 2016 for 24.4 USD/MWh (2.4 US cents/kWh). This is reflected in this year’s report being more optimistic on solar growth than previous editions.

«If policy makers get things right by addressing the needs for a smooth energy transition, such as through establishing the right trade policy, electricity market design and renewable energy frameworks, solar demand could increase much faster, and touch nearly 1 TW of total generation capacity in 2021,» said Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor at SolarPower Europe and lead author of the Global Market Outlook.

 

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