hopes and blockages of the AC PV sector – magazine pv France

On 20 and 21 September in Paris, Enerplan brings together self-consumption players to discuss innovations, developments and difficulties in the sector. However, to accelerate the deployment of AC solar energy in France, especially in the context of the energy crisis, it will be necessary to convince the authorities to adopt strong and rapid stimulus measures (in line with the growing interest of individuals, businesses and communities) and Include self-consumption in the renewable energy acceleration account .

Photovoltaic University for self-consumption 2022 opens its doors. On 20 and 21 September in Paris, Enerplan is bringing together the self-consumption (AC) players in France to explore the possibilities of developing (and above all accelerating) solar deployment in AC, especially in the context of the energy crisis.

Blockades are explored, as are framework initiatives: local leadership, energy communities, mobility, flexibility and storage are on the agenda for the first day. The event takes place at the Espace Saint Martin in Paris and can be watched online. pv magazine France participates in conferences and offers you an overview of various round tables.

AC must be quickly included in the future EnR Acceleration Act

What emerged from the first morning discussions, and especially from the opening by Daniel Bour, president of Enerplan, is the hope and concrete expectations of the sector towards the government. With the support of the ministers involved, it would be possible to turn the Act on the Acceleration of Renewable Energy into an opportunity for self-consumption. Problem: AC is a very forgotten account to date. Solution: From now on, in the vote on the law in the parliament, formulate the relevant amendments that are likely to be incorporated.

Enerplan’s national PV self-consumption plan.

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Specifically, Enerplan proposes 50 measures (23 legal accompanying measures and 27 regulatory measures) in its national PV self-consumption plan that should be developed in this direction. Among the key measures presented by its vice president, Laetitia Brottier, is support for the launch of Enedis, which must ensure the massive connection of future facilities, as well as the establishment of a state-guaranteed fund for ten-year guarantees in in order to appease insurers – a point that also appears in the recommendations of the Ecological Platform present at the round table. The syndicate also wants to significantly simplify (or even eliminate) procedures for setting up small projects, abolish TURPE for AC PV project initiators (incentive measure) and reduce VAT on affected systems.

Insufficient, even illogical incentives

Indeed, the current stimulus measures seem too weak to generate sufficient market momentum in France. A reminder of the numbers: self-consumption in France was around 0.25 GW in 2021 and should rise to 0.4 GW in 2022. Bottom line: despite the potential for flexibility and the benefits it offers in terms of energy inflation, air conditioning is locked in. Knowing that OOP aims to achieve 1.5 GW of self-consumption by 2025, this is about accelerating the roll-out, although for Daniel Bour this goal should be exceeded. “Self-consumption is now an important innovation and a strong and logical point of solar growth. »

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

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Audrey Zermati, director of strategy for the Effy Group, does the math: the solar AC installation has only an investment premium as a support measure, ie 10% of the initial amount (now a one-off payment for projects below 9 kW, which is a good thing). In comparison, an energy renovation project can receive aid up to 90% of the investment amount. The goal is not to develop a market based on aid, but considering the 40 billion euros released under the tariff shield, according to Audrey Zermati, it would be interesting to support more structural measures, specifically equipping households with means of sustainable development. energy production.

It will also be necessary to look at the local level to allow for the expected development of own consumption. The energy crisis really stimulates a growing interest on the part of households, but also and above all on the part of companies that do not benefit from the tariff shield, to equip a system for individual and/or collective self-consumption. For Justine Bain Thouverez, co-chair of GT New solidarity and short cuts on the Ecological Platform, it is time to go beyond the centralized aspect. “The local energy loop can enable fairer access to energy,” he explains. Provided that the procurement rules are changed to allow local manufacturers to benefit from calls for tenders, as well as to introduce relevant statutes with regard to buyers, manufacturers and consumers in these models.

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