New business models needed for Europe’s decentralised energy sector - SolarPower Europe 2016-05-27

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The decreasing cost of distributed generation and storage technologies is changing the way value is created in the energy sector, according to a new report launched by SolarPower Europe in Brussels today.


The lowering cost is accelerating the transition to a more decentralised approach for energy, which will require energy providers to take on new business models to stay ahead of the competition, said the new report: 'Ahead of the pack - solar as the new gateway to the decentralised energy world?'


Thomas Doering, SolarPower Europe policy analyst, told PV Tech that consumers also have trust issues regarding their electricity suppliers. Therefore, there is a race to tie in consumers and subscribe them to new models, with economic, self-sufficiency and environmental benefits.


Doering added: “The question is who jumps on this trend and utilises it. We have new entrants that offer new business models, but also utilities changing their strategies such as Engie, Total or E.on that now put the consumer at the centre of their strategies.”


SolarPower Europe sees that people are willing to invest in solar, potentially also combined with storage, while utilities are now in a position to actually capture this trend.


Doering said: “Considering different capabilities of new entrants, such as solar installers, we see there might be a need for increased partnerships. These partnerships are able to drive costs further down and increase the benefits not only for the consumer, but also for the energy system as a whole.”

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