Europe’s most attractive solar market

7. června 2013 v 5:38 |  solar photovoltaic system
With the UK market booming, quality is high on the agenda as installers and developers look to take advantage of stable subsidies for residential, commercial and large-scale projects.

The UK is currently one of the world's most dynamic solar markets, having seen 0.5GW installed so far this year and forecasts predicting cumulative capacity to reach 3GW by the end of 2013.

Figures published today by market tracker Wiki-Solar claim the UK is now Europe's most attractive large-scale solar market, with 336MW of capacity installed in 49 separate projects of 5MW or bigger since the start of the year.

Measures to ensure this boom does not take place at the expense of quality will be under discussion at Doing Solar Business in the UK, a half-day event organised by PV-Tech's publisher Solar Media at Intersolar Europe later this month. The event is aimed at companies looking to enter the UK market.

The seminar will hear a presentation from Stephen Pester, principal consultant at the UK's Building Research Establishment on newly issued best practice guidelines on small-scale domestic solar installations.

His presentation will examine how the new guidelines differ from previous ones and what they are likely to mean from a commercial point of view.

Meanwhile, the newly formed National Solar Centre is drawing up a planning best practice guide for large-scale solar installations. This is expected to form part of the UK's solar strategy due out imminently setting out the path towards the UK's ultimate goal of installing 20GW of solar capacity by 2020.

Best practice in the deployment of large-scale solar will be one of the topics under debate in a panel discussion featuring leading figures from developers and EPC companies operating in the UK. Participants include Jan Sisson, UK managing director of juwi Solar, and Jonathan Selwyn, managing director of Lark Energy, the developer behind what is currently the UK's largest solar installation.

David Owen, chief executive of Solar Media and publisher of PV Tech said: "The UK is an exciting place to do solar business, whether you're looking at residential or large-scale projects. But maintaining quality will be of key importance if the UK solar industry is to reach its goal of 20GW by 2020, which is why I am excited to see so many quality companies taking part in this event."

Doing Solar Business in the UK will explore a range of other key topics, offering prospective investors insights into all the key areas they will need to know about before entering this exciting market.

The publication also provided insight into the workings of the regulation, showing a calculation of dumping margins between 48.1% and 113% by company. It also revealed that the EC admits that such duties may "slightly" impact the market, although it ruled that benefits to the EU would outweigh such impacts.

"To start with, the 2020 goals do not depend on the solar energy exclusively," reads the regulation. "Equally important are other green energies such as: wind, biomass, hydro etc."

"Since no particular percentage is attributed to the solar energy for the 2020 goals, a slightly lower number of PV installations is not expected to raise the overall cost of the 2020 Agenda."

"Furthermore, the price of solar light is only one of many factors, which are vital for the development of the PV industry in Europe. Equally important are: a favorable legal and financial framework at European and national levels, improved access to financing of renewable energies projects and the investment in research and development."

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