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Definition of competitiveness for photovoltaics and development of measures to accompany PV to grid parity and beyond

PV Markets and support schemes

PV support schemes and regulations for all target countries

This part of the project conducts an overview and critical discussion of the PV policy strategy and the corresponding regulatory framework (incl. financial support schemes) on the road to grid parity.

Target countries are:

  • Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Starting with a short overview of PV market developments in the target countries, the second part contains factsheets for each country and provides the basis for this analysis.

Considering the NREAPs and current developments the policy analysis examines which countries want to pursue a strong PV- policy support and which not. The policy strategy part concludes by elaborating the reasons and barriers for all the different policy strategies. At the end a comprehensive analysis of the corresponding regulatory framework (incl. financial support schemes) is given.

Please find hereafter the report for download:

Major shortcomings of the current support schemes

Support schemes in 11 European target countries were analysed, putting a focus on major “blocking points” on their trajectory to grid parity. First, the existing schemes and their sustainability were assessed. Did they drive some PV market development and how? And what about their short-to-medium term future? In addition, their costs were characterised and compared in all the target countries.

With grid parity dates not yet reached, it is of vital importance for the PV market in Europe to be granted some possibilities of development through existing or innovative support schemes. This is not obvious yet in several countries to have a continuous support for PV installations until the moment when PV could become naturally competitive.

Please, find below the detailed report: