Another historic moment: solar roof system beats market price
The strength of solar technology is currently producing historical moments in series - globally and nationally. Now it is a German roof system that has beaten the solar market price on the fossil / nuclear brutally distorted electricity exchange.
MaxSolar has set up a 6.5 MWp roof system at the Pirelli European headquarters in Dieburg - a complex system on a distribution center with a high flat roof, but which has undercut the market price several times since it was commissioned. And at the same time the first large roof system that went online as part of the solar tenders.
The operators have not published the additional value of the plant, but clearly speak of an amount within the framework of the market values solar in the winter half year 2018/2019. During our PPA event with Conexio and Vattenfall on February 26, 2019, the managing director of MaxSolar, Christoph Strasser, went one step further: He announced energy sales prices of such systems between 3.8 and 4.8 cents / kWh!
Once again, a mantra of the 'pure EEG community' has burst like a soap bubble: The mantra is 'Solar roof systems cannot keep up with tenders, tenders are unsuitable for them'. Obviously they can - and if you believe MaxSolar, roof systems can also play a part in the PPA world. Today, and in Germany. What a step forward!
Is this a model for the entire market of medium-sized and large roof systems? Certainly not yet, but it is at least further evidence that even medium-sized and large roof systems need not fear tenders. The best thing is to propose their conditions yourself and place them as a separate tender next to the field tenders. Maybe differentiated according to old and new building. The proposal is not new, the plant in Dieburg is real, and yet the solar industry branch does not even dare to clearly submit new proposals. Afraid of being taken word for. As if this attitude had brought something forward since 2008. And thus the red cloth 'parliamentary fixed remuneration' is still not put aside. ECJ judgment or not. The political reality is different, the strong solar companies are also different. And according to the brand new GROKO decisions, 'These strong companies should now make even greater demands in this context that the Federal Government should use the room for maneuver for the EEG that results from the decision of the European Court of Justice on March 28, 2019' 'Away with the 52 GWp Funding cover in the EEG ”, combined with own suggestions.
And as described in the last blog, the dispute over the amount of remuneration should no longer supplant all other topics that have become the dominant problems.
A roof tender would also have great advantages for all existing fears: The operators would suddenly have 24 months of certainty that they would receive the planned remuneration - with today's EEG mechanism up to 750 kWp, something changes cheerfully, and the values react much too slowly to market changes and about higher roof construction requirements. A “market price” for old and new roofs could then arise separately from the field, which, for example, correctly prizes in the necessities of roof refurbishments or refurbishments and does not pretend that they do not exist. One could also strive for a large-volume innovation tender for facades, etc., so that the vicious circle of products and processes with too small quantities and high prices can be broken here and the existing potential can also be used. Because we need all roofs, facades and suitable structural systems in order to fully supply Germany with solar and wind power. Without the absolutely unrealistic dreams of importing electricity from anywhere else. So lots up! You can organize everything competitively, the innovative solar companies can do it. And also the innovative cooperatives, which is also shown by Christoph Strasser from MaxSolar with the “EnergieGenossenschaft Inn-Salzach eG (EGIS eG)”.
Certainly the question of one's own consumption burns on one or the other. And then we are immediately away from the EEG in the Energy Industry Act and many other rules. So we are discussing, for example, modern net metering (with solidarity participation in the network infrastructure) and a solar acceleration law for all other topics relating to construction on and near buildings and structures. And, among other things, dealing with monument protection, the still practiced devaluation of buildings with solar systems by some banks (no joke, also in 2019) or quick clarification of contradictions with the EnEV, building law, etc.
The strength is there - so let's get out of the dead end of fighting of the zero years. These have been won thanks to the great political courage of people like Hans-Josef Fell and Hermann Scheer, who died far too early. Solar is the cheapest, most flexible and most environmentally friendly energy source in Germany. With storage systems becoming increasingly cheaper and together with wind energy, it can represent everything an energy system needs. But we have to think more and more in the system and not in 10.5 or 8.9 cents / kWh feed-in tariff. Because this battle is won. The many who are still to come will be harder, longer and more complex. They require different approaches and behavior from us. Let's tackle it.
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