The photovoltaic industry's boom continues. What does this mean for Enex exhibitors?

23 june 2021
We have seen the recent introduction of settlement rules for prosumers; panel producers will not benefit from new regulations, which will also slow down the photovoltaics industry development pace. However, according to Professor Konrad Świrski, who gave the interview to the Wysokie Napięcie [High Voltage] portal, this new scenario does not mean the end of this technology's golden times. Energy storage and balancing will complement the picture soon.

The installed capacity levels have kept breaking records in the past months. The estimated number of prosumers in 2021 will reach even one million.  The industry keeps shifting the gears up; the government makes attempts to regulate the independent photovoltaic installations. 

The RES fever results from several factors,  technological progress being the first on the list, compiled and fuelled with the decrease in the production costs of photovoltaic panels.   A desire to eliminate the financial surplus is the second factor;  deposits and other money-savings instruments have proven to be less profitable. If you do not want your money to go wasted, who not invest in photovoltaics.  Additionally, consumers want to avoid the electricity bills, recently on the increase.

New regulations mean that the so-called discount is discontinued, which in turn makes photovoltaic installations less attractive. This is the market-cooling effect.  Does this mean the end of good times for Enex exhibitors?

- The photovoltaic sector will certainly survive - says Professor  Konrad Świrski in the interview with the Wysokie Napięcie portal. The cost decline in photovoltaics remains a permanent process. Installations will become cheaper and more profitable, even with new billing systems. The market should retain more mature and established, experienced firms; only those that offer good panels - he adds.

Professor Świrski also emphasises that in the next five years, the market will witness an exponential growth in energy storage technologies; a long-term perspective will bring about a sharp prices decrease. The participants of the Energia PL conference held at Targi Kielce every year, also talk about energy storage.

- New technologies (panels, storage facilities, electric car) shape the certain image of the next decade; there is no need to get restless about the temporary "market cooling"; the market will self-regulate the situation - emphasises Professor  Konrad Świrski. - Photovoltaics should not be a big yet temporary investment trend, but a continuous, long-term change in our energy system - he adds.

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