With 1,354 exhibitors, 100,000m² of exhibition space and around 50,000 visitors from 162 countries, Intersolar Europe – the world's leading exhibition for the solar industry – has celebrated another successful year, along with its three accompanying energy exhibitions.
From PV production technologies to hybrid inverters to subsidy-free business models, the topics explored at the 2019 event were highly diverse and well received by crowds of visitors. Attendees also had the chance to learn more about trends, innovative business models and international markets at the Intersolar Europe Conference. Intersolar Europe is part of The smarter E Europe show, the continent's largest platform for the energy industry, which covered ten exhibition halls in 2019 – two more than at the event's debut last year.
Sunny days are on the horizon for Europe as the solar market booms. Last year saw the deployment of 11.2 more GW of photovoltaic power on the continent, representing impressive growth of 21% over the previous year. That information came from the latest edition of the Global Market Outlook, presented by SolarPower Europe at this year's Intersolar Europe Conference. The outlook is just as promising for 2019. The industry association expects to see 20.4 GW of newly installed capacity this year, an increase of more than 80%. The most influential European solar markets in 2019 are expected to be Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France and – for the first time – Ukraine.
Looking forward to 2020, SolarPower Europe expects the Europe-wide solar market to grow 18% with new PV installations adding 24.1 GW of capacity. That would surpass the record deployment seen in 2011, when newly installed PV capacity in Europe totaled 22.5 GW. And solar power isn't just on the rise in Europe, but worldwide too. On a global scale, the association forecasts new PV capacity of around 128 GW in 2019, which would represent growth of 25%.
Against the backdrop of a globally booming solar market, Intersolar Europe once again established itself as the industry's most important event. “Great things are happening on the market, and that dynamism is reflected at the exhibition,” said Carsten Körnig, CEO of the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar). “Our members are reporting solid new deals, a great deal of confidence and full order books. The message from Munich is unmistakable – the solar and storage industry are prepared for much more rapid expansion and ever-smarter solutions in the electricity, mobility and heating sectors for power plants of all sizes around the world.”
Multiple factors driving the PV boom
The driving forces behind the boom are many: the continuously falling cost of generating solar power, cheaper energy storage, the growing competitiveness of PV in comparison to conventional energy sources and the importance of new subsidy free business models for financing solar farms based on power purchase agreements.
Spain is a hotspot for PPAs in Europe, at the start of 2019 the world’s largest PPA for a solar project portfolio – 708 MW – was signed in Spain and Portugal. BayWa r.e. sent another clear signal of growth by signing a PPA for a 175 MW solar park in Andalusia.
“Our goal is to play an active role in creating a carbon free future based on renewable energies. From small plants to large scale solar power stations, our solar energy division offers high quality, affordable solutions to contribute to the global energy transition,” said Matthias Taft, board member responsible for Energy at BayWa AG. “We attended Intersolar Europe once again this year because it’s where the major players in the solar industry come together and because only when our efforts are combined can we achieve a clean energy future.”
Intersolar Europe and the Intersolar Award
The Intersolar Europe Conference focused on global markets, technologies and financing for PV projects once again in 2019. In addition to the market trends in Europe, experts shone a light on markets in sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions. Other sessions explored the interaction of PV and storage systems – the latest hot topic in the industry. Attendees gained valuable information about new applications, including solar installations in façades, on agricultural land and floating PV. The participants also learned more about the opportunities afforded by digitalization for the operational control of PV installations – knowledge which is sure to give them an edge.
Each year, the first day of the exhibition is rounded off in style with the presentation of a coveted Intersolar Award, a long-standing highlight of the event. This year’s panel of judges chose to honor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd; Raycatch Ltd; and Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co Ltd; for their trailblazing solutions, products and projects. The ees Award and The smarter E Award were also presented. The winners and finalists of all three awards serve as the beacons of a new energy world. The international media response was no less than they deserved.
Facts and figures
With 1,354 exhibitors, 15% on last year, and around 50,000 visitors (up 8%) across an exhibition space of 100,000m² (16% more floorspace than last year), The smarter E Europe and individual exhibitions were met with an overwhelmingly positive response from visitors and exhibitors alike.
This success rests on the powerful dynamic of progress and vision created by recent developments in renewable energies, energy storage and in the digital interconnection of previously independent sectors.
“In an ideal world, I’d like to see 100% renewable energy in Germany, across Europe and around the world,” said Oliver Beckel, director of public affairs at Hanwha Q CELLS. “ We believe that by 2050 – in a mere 30 years – we can make this a global reality. Germany in particular has done a lot over the last 20 years to help make this happen. Intersolar Europe shares the same goal, and for us it’s one of the most important exhibitions worldwide. It’s where we meet our clients, competitors, partners and suppliers.”
Intersolar Europe was accompanied by ees Europe, Power2Drive Europe and EM-Power as part of The smarter E Europe, the innovation hub for new energy solutions.
Unlike previous trade actions which targeted solar imports from China, later Taiwan, the truly global nature of the Section 201 tariffs ensured there weren’t many places to relocate a factory get around tariffs on modules shipped to the United States.
There weren’t many; but there were some. The Section 201 tariffs carry exemptions for several dozen developing nations that are part of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) list, as long as imports from such nations do not exceed 3% of the total volume imported during any year, or 9% of aggregated import levels.
While Thail the Philippines were not exempted, as they had already supplied more than 3% of PV imports, one nation that was on the list was promising for east Asian manufacturers: Turkey.
Over the last few years, Turkey has become a minor PV manufacturing destination, with local producers including Ankara Solar CW Enerji joining China Sunergy, with Chinese PV maker HT-SAAE commissioning a 600 MW cell module fab in 2017 planning an 850 MW mega-factory.
At the time of writing it was not clear how much of the nation’s cells modules were making their way to the U.S. market but as of last week that no longer mattered, as Turkey was formally removed from the GSP on May 17.
Contractors working in the U.S. solar market wishing to source modules overseas not pay tariffs will now be competing for the limited supply available from Algeria, Brazil, India Tunisia.
The price of economic success
Although the removal of Turkey from the GSP will hit PV module importers, that was not necessarily the aim of the Trump administration.
The GSP is intended for developing nations, Turkey’s removal from the list – which was established in 1974 – is intended to recognize it has developed sufficiently that it should no longer receive preferential treatment, even though Turkey still has a per-capita GDP of less than $10,000. The World Bank has described the nation’s economic social development in the past two decades as “impressive”, with the incidence of poverty more than halving between 2002 2015.
As such, the lender now describes Turkey as an “upper-middle-income country”, it is likely to be this economic success that determined the recent change.
The capacity comes from two solar parks and five wind power plants awarded firm energy obligations for 2022-2023. The Reliability Charge auctions were created by the Colombian government to ensure power supply during water shortages.
(People in rural area of Colombia using the distributed PV station to gain the electricity.)
XM Compañía Expertos en Mercados (XM), a subsidiary of the Colombian state transmission company ISA, has contracted 1.39 GW of solar and wind capacity in the Reliability Charge auction held on Friday.
The Reliability Charge auctions were introduced by the Colombian government in 2006 to ensure power supply during droughts. The latest exercise assigned contracts for 2022-2023 to 70 generation plants, of which 23 have yet to be built.
The list of selected projects published by XM included only two PV projects – El Paso Solar, by energy company Emgesa and the Loma Solar plant of Enel Green Power Colombia. Five wind power plants also won contracts but most of the winning projects were hydroelectric and thermoelectric.
As reported by Colombian energy regulator CREG in a statement, the auction allocated 250.55 GWh of power daily in Obligations of Firm Energy contracts, of which 37.37 GWh corresponded to new generation projects. “The closing price of the auction was $15.1/MWh – COP46.46/kWh. This value is 11% lower than the reliability charge resulting from the last auction, which is the one currently in effect – $17.01/MWh,” said CREG.
Renewables garner 6%
Some 4,010 MW of firm power was contracted in the procurement exercise. Minister of energy and mines María Fernanda Suárez welcomed the first contracts awarded to solar and wind in the auction as a step towards an energy system incorporating large volumes of renewables. However, only a few days earlier not a single project was selected in the first renewable energy auction held in the Latin American country.
Colombia’s National Mining and Energy Planning Unit said the bids received did not comply with the criteria for competition and market dominance. Enel Green Power, Canadian Solar, Trina Solar and Solarpack were among the developers admitted to the auction’s final phase.
A repeat of the auction, with amended rules, is set to be launched by the end of June, Minister Suárez said after the failed exercise.
Recently, the first China PV Industry Leading Forum and Awarding Conference was held in Jiangsu. Shaanxi Construction Engineering Installation (SCEGC) Group won the title of “Top Ten Leading Enterprises in China's Photovoltaic Industry”.
In August of this year, SCEGC Group won the bid for the Tianguang Lake No. 1 and No. 3 "fishing and PV complementary" projects of Jiangsu Sihong Photovoltaic Power Generation Application Base. The contract amount was more than 20 million yuan and the construction period was 130 days.
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