Community Solar – A Win-Win for Everyone
Despite today’s market barriers in Europe, there are already several business models that have proven to work. Take Germany for example, where recent legislative changes now enable on-site community solar solutions, offering both utilities/developers, as well as the landlord attractive profit margins and lower electricity prices to customers living in apartment buildings. “Community solar in Germany is now a win-win for everyone”, said Chris Werner from Chris Werner Energy Consulting.
Start-ups – Shortcut to the Brave New Energy World
Pictures of how versatile the Brave New Energy World could look like were painted by several start-ups. “Our vision is a fully decentralised and peer-to-peer market for electricity and flexibility”, said Luc Garnesson, product manager at Conjoule. The company is working on a ‘simplified and open architecture for the energy market of the future’ enabled by blockchain, a peer-to-peer marketplace where consumers, producers and prosumers will be able to transact directly with each other without the need for intermediaries and their associated costs and inefficiencies, according to Garnesson. To realise this vision, energy prosumers can now sell excess generated power to local consumers via Conjoule’s platform. A first pilot was started in early 2017 in two German cities – Essen and Muhlheim.
Started in 2014, Beegy from Munich first began offering solar and storage solutions. From this work, they developed a digital software platform that enables management of power and heat generation systems and EV charging stations of prosumers as well as offering energy services, such as energy supply, commercial energy accounting, load management and energy trading. As of early 2017, Beegy operates as a utility with a white label solution in its portfolio that also now addresses business customers (B2B2C).