AC PV sector hopes and bottlenecks – pv journal France

On September 20 and 21 in Paris, Enerplan brings together self-consumer players to discuss innovations, developments and challenges in the sector. To accelerate the deployment of AC solar energy in France, especially in the context of the energy crisis, however, it is necessary to convince the authorities to take strong and fast promotion measures (in line with the growing interest of individuals, businesses and communities) and include self-consumption in the Renewable Energy Acceleration Bill .

Photovoltaic self-consumption university opens its doors in 2022. On September 20 and 21 in Paris, Enerplan brings together self-consumption (AC) players in France to explore ways to develop (and above all accelerate) the deployment of solar energy in AC, especially in the context of the energy crisis.

Congestion as well as framework initiatives are carefully considered: local loops, energy communities, mobility, flexibility and storage are on the agenda on this first day. The event takes place at the Espace Saint Martin in Paris and can be watched online. France pv magazine participates in conferences and reports on various round tables.

AC should quickly position itself in the future EnR acceleration law

What emerged from the first exchanges of the morning, and especially from the opening of Enerplan’s president Daniel Bour, is a hope and a concrete expectation of the sector towards the government. With the support of the relevant ministers, it would be possible to turn the law on the acceleration of renewable energies into an opportunity for self-consumption. Problem: AC has largely forgotten the bill so far. Solution: Formulate appropriate amendments that can be integrated by the time Parliament votes into law.

Enerplan’s national PV self-consumption plan.

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Specifically, Enerplan proposes to develop 50 measures (23 legal accompanying measures and 27 regulatory measures) in this direction in its national PV self-consumption plan. The main measures presented by its vice-president Laetitia Brottier include support for the expansion of Enedis, which should ensure the mass closure of future facilities, as well as the creation of a state guarantee fund. to reassure insurers – a point reflected in the recommendations of the Ecological Platform presented at the round table. The syndicate also wants to greatly simplify (or even eliminate) procedures for setting up small-scale projects, abolish TURPE (an incentive measure) for promoters of AC PV projects, and reduce VAT on affected systems.

Insufficient, even illogical incentives

Indeed, the current stimulus measures seem too weak to initiate sufficient market dynamism in France. A reminder of the numbers: self-consumption in France was around 0.25 GW in 2021 and should increase to 0.4 GW in 2022. The bottom line: despite the flexibility potential and benefits it offers with respect to energy inflation, AC is blocked. Knowing that PPE’s targets aim to reach 1.5 GW in self-consumption by 2025, for Daniel Bour there is talk of accelerating deployment, even if that target needs to be exceeded. “Self-consumption is now an important innovation and a strong and logical point of solar growth. »

Overview of the plan to support the self-consumption of solar energy implemented in Spain in 2020.

Photo: MB

For his part, Audrey Zermati, strategy director of the Effy group, calculates: the AC solar installation benefits only from the investment premium, i.e. 10% of the initial amount, as a support measure (now paid in one go. Projects below 9 kW, this is a good thing). In comparison, an energy renewal project can benefit from aid of up to 90% of the investment amount. The aim is not to develop an aid-based market, but considering the 40 billion euros freed up under the tariff shield, according to Audrey Zermati, it would be interesting to support more structural measures, i.e. equipping households with sustainable means. energy production.

It is also necessary to look at the local level to allow for the expected development of self-consumption. Indeed, the energy crisis leads to an increased interest in equipping households and above all companies that do not benefit from the tariff shield with an individual and/or collective self-consumption system. Justine Bain Thouverez, Co-President of GT New Solidarities and Short Circuits at the Ecological Platform It’s time to move beyond the centralized aspect. “A local energy loop can provide more equitable access to energy,” he explains. Provided that public procurement regulations are amended to allow local producers to benefit from tender calls, as well as to adopt relevant laws relating to buyers, producers and consumers in these models.

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