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The Development of Feed-in Tariffs and Their Effects on PV Monitoring Costs

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The Development of Feed-in Tariffs and Their Effects on PV Monitoring Costs 1

Electricity from photovoltaic assets is encouraged via the feed-in tariff. Plant operators are guaranteed a fixed remuneration for solar electricity fed into the grid over a period of 20 years. This means that the revenues of a solar PV asset can be forecast relatively reliably.

Feed-in remuneration through the German Renewable Energy Sources Act of 2005

The development of the feed-in tariff under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act or EEG (German: Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz) from 2005 is shown in the following table and graph:

Effects of falling feed-in tariffs on the PV service industry

The initially high feed-in tariffs have also allowed relatively high margins for the professional support of solar PV assets. However, the rapidly declining investment costs for solar PV assets is leading to new expectations in the market. The service industry has to follow suit and draw a similar price trend. Between 2016 and 2017 alone, prices for O&M contracts fell by 30% to around €10/kWp per year. Personnel costs play the largest role in the service business. This cost pressure has a direct impact on maintenance contracts and in order to meet the price targets, these contracts have to be adjusted.

With the introduction of digital technologies in the solar industry, workflows can be partially automated and available resources can be used in a more targeted way. In the future, monitoring systems will examine PV systems reliably and cost-effectively, while maintenance personnel will be able to carry out value-adding activities at the customer’s premises.

The prices for monitoring software today are still often around €0.80/kWp per year. This will change very soon, because from the customer’s point of view the price-performance ratio is no longer right. The simple visualization of data is no longer perceived as value-generating or even value-adding.

The O&M calendar for solar PV events 2019

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The O&M calendar for solar PV events 2019 2

The market for O&M providers is developing very dynamically. Within just seven years, the price of O&M services has been reduced by 70%. Trends such as automation, digitization and the influence of artificial intelligence are rapidly improving the software. They simplify the work of operators. Information and data are the gold of the 21st century. It is important to be up to date at all times.

In our interactive calendar you will find all important solar PV conferences and trade fairs that are of interest to O&Ms. In 2019 more than 50 events in Europe are already listed.

With the help of the colour marks per event, you can recognize whether Solytic participates or not. Yellow = Solytic will participate and blue = Solytic will not participate.

All information at a glance: In each entry you will find a link to the event, a short introduction and the venue.

Subscribe to our calendar for free and view the dates in your own calendar to keep up to date with all the major industry events. Click on the Follow button in the upper right corner.

Solytic ensures that the entries are always up to date and that relevant new solar PV events are entered. You automatically receive this information in your subscribed calendar – you don't have to do anything.

If we missed a conference, trade fair or event or if we should update an existing entry, please let us know. Simply contact us

Solytic will participate in these conferences 2019

27. - 28.02.19: PV Operations Europe, Munich
→ Day 1, 16:30 - 17:15 : CEO & Founder Johannes Burgard will attend the panel discussion: "Disruptive Technologies in PV"
19. - 21.03.19: PV Symposium, Bad Staffelstein
14. - 15.05.19: InterSolar Europe – Conference, Munich
15. - 17.05.19: InterSolar Europe – Fair, Munich
30. - 31.10.19: Solar Asset Management (SAM Europe), Frankfurt
Anf. September (tba): Die Betreiberkonferenz, Bremen

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Below you can see at a glance which conferences can be found in the calendar:

Events in
Germany 2019

07.- 08.02.19, Freiburg:
Kongress Energieautonome Kommunen
08. - 10.02.19, Freiburg:
20. - 21.02.19, Dortmund:
maintenance Dortmund
27. - 28.02.19, Munich:
PV Operations Europe
18. - 19.03.19, Bad Staffelstein:
Forum Bauwerkintegrierte Photovoltaik
19. - 21.03.19, Bad Staffelstein:
PV Symposium
11.04.2019, Berlin
Urban Energy Forum
14. - 15.05.19, Munich:
InterSolar Europe – Conference
15. - 17.05.19, Munich:
InterSolar Europe – Fair
14. - 15.05.19, München:
Smart Renewable Systems Conference
15. - 16.05.19, Berlin:
15. - 16.05.19, Marburg:
Stadtwerke mit Erneuerbaren Energien
15. - 17.05.19, Munich:
EM Power Messe
23. - 24.09.19, Berlin:
Digitale Energiewelt
21. - 22.11.19, Berlin:
Forum Neue Energiewelt
Anf. September, Bremen:
Die Betreiberkonferenz
30. - 31.10.19, Frankfurt:
Solar Asset Management

Events in
Europa 2019

06. - 07.03.19, Brüssel, Belgien:
SolarPower Summit
19. - 21.03.19, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Solar Solutions
13.06.2019, Utrecht, Netherlands:
The Solar Future
23. - 24.05.19, Rome, Italy:
Europe Solar + Energy Storage Congress 2019
16. - 18.04.19, Kyiv, Ukraine:
22. - 23.05.19, Crete, Greece:
4th International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop
18.06.2019, Barcelona, Spain:
Intersolar Summit Spain
09. - 13.09.19, Marseille, France:
19.09.2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands:
Floating Solar Conference