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Finding a Place for Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Plants in Europe

Companion article to the blog published in the European Energy Review on 21 November 2013

With the debate about future renewable energy support schemes in Europe heating up, some argue that electricity generation from photovoltaic systems should primarily take place in the sunnier south of Europe for efficiency reasons. Accordingly, excess electricity could then be transported to northern regions. The idea of such long-distance electricity transmission, however, hinges critically on the absolute difference between PV generation costs in those two regions. When this difference gets smaller, the remaining room for grid costs diminishes as well. At some point, it becomes more cost-efficient to generate electricity from PV in the center than importing it from the south of Europe. Utility-scale PV plants are on track for exactly those kind of cost reductions, if the policy frameworks enable them to achieve this objective.

Autor: Frank Peter, Leonard Krampe, Matthias Deutsch

Jahr: 2013

Typ: Editorial Article

Tags: photovoltaics, renewably energy, power supply