European Solar Association SolarPowerEurope launches Digital&Solar Report

Munich, 5 December 2017 - Over 200 smart energy players came together for the first European event on 'Digital Solar & Storage' on the 4-5 December at the BMW World in Munich.

Christian Westermeier, President of SolarPower Europe opened the event, stating: "Digital solar and storage will come to form a new renewable energy baseload in Europe that will make the energy transition cheaper, generate more economic value and increase the number of jobs in solar. To do this we must get the right policies for our sector in place, and we must embrace the new era of smart solar power."

"New innovative business models will emerge over the next few years across the entire energy sector. It is now on all stakeholders, including technologically advanced companies, utilities, software developers and policy makers, to create solutions that enable all parties to take advantage of the new opportunities arising from the digitalisation of solar and other energy," said Jochen Schneider, Executive Vice President Energy Services at SMA Solar Technology AG.

SolarPower Europe presented its new and extended report on 'Digitalisation & Solar', which
includes cutting-edge case studies from leading energy players such as SMA, Huawei and Google.
"This report is a testimony to the vast market opportunities arising from digitalisation. With big data analytics, the internet of things and blockchain, we have seen the emergence of entirely new solar business models. By embracing digitalisation we can reduce costs, improve performance and increase profitability," said Sonia Dunlop, Policy Advisor, Digitalisation and Solar Task Force coordinator and lead author of the report.

About Digital Solar & Storage

The first event of its kind, Digital Solar & Storage unites key stakeholders in solar, energy storage and digitalisation from Europe to establish a cross-sectoral platform in areas that will shape the power, heat and transport sectors. Co-organised by SolarPower Europe and the International Battery Energy & Storage Alliance, this event will cover the full spectrum of challenges and opportunities impacting the smart energy industries from a policy, market and technological perspective. High-level players in these sectors will discuss market trends, identify new business models and highlight how digitalisation and storage can benefit consumers to put forward a long-term vision for the future of the industry.
About SolarPower Europe

SolarPower Europe is a member-led association representing organisations active along the whole value chain. Our aim is to shape the regulatory environment and enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe. Members include BayWa r.e., Enel Green Power, First Solar, Huawei, LongiSolar, Trina Solar and Wacker.

The Digital&Solar Report can be viewed and downloaded here

SolarPowerEurope DigitalSolar Report