Prices for solar energy—both for utility- and small-scale solutions—have fallen rapidly in recent years. European markets played an important role in this development, originally driven by feed-in tariffs (FITs) in Germany and other countries. Recently, most European countries have introduced competitive procurement of renewable energy sources through auctions, further bringing down prices for solar energy. At the same time, small-scale solar often relies on self-consumption and new decentralized business models.
In this webinar, Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, and Corinna Klessmann, director at Guidehouse, presented different approaches to incentivizing solar PV in Europe. They were joined by Andreas Jahn, senior associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), and Aurélie Beauvais, policy director at SolarPower Europe, to discuss similarities and differences in the US market for solar PV. The panelists also addressed the challenges of integrating solar PV in the power system and compare regulatory solutions and lessons learned from different regions.