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Changing market conditions for large-scale photovoltaic plants in Europe

"PV Power Plants - EU 2011" in Paris offered a welcome platform for discussion of new developments

Coinciding with the introduction of the new feed-in tariffs in France, the “PV Power Plants Europe” conference took place in Paris on 10 and 11 March 2011. In the various panels around 250 participants discussed not only the technical challenges facing operators of large solar farms in Europe but above all the current market conditions. Most participants expressed their disappointment over the decision of the French government to drastically reduce the feed-in tariffs and to cap the market at 500 MW.

Above all, French module manufacturers are criticizing the installation cap of 500 MW per annum. Production capacity of now stands at 855 MW, and whether the excess capacity can be offset by exports, is more than questionable. By lowering the incentives to the current level, only those projects that are equipped with the lowest cost components will be economically viable. These come mostly from the Far East, which acts as a double blow to the domestic industry.

"Despite the disappointment with the political developments, we have received very positive feedback from the participants" was the pleased response of Anika Sperling from Solarpraxis AG, the renowned knowledge service provider from Germany and organizer of the conference. "The great need for information related to planning, financing and construction of large PV systems is still clearly there, and our conference format has, following its successful debut in Prague in 2010, proven itself in Paris."

A third staging of the conference in 2012 is definitely planned – however the country is not yet fixed. "We have to see how the situation develops in Europe – and will then direct our choice of location accordingly" said Sperling.

Anika Sperling, phone: +49 (0)30 / 72 62 96 - 310, email: anika-sperling(at)

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