EU strikes deal on 32% renewable energy by 2030 target, including strong solar provisions, especially residential

The deal includes an upward review clause by 2023 at the latest, no charges for solar prosumers and much easier connection to grid.

On solar, Solar Power Europe reports as follows:

“After several month of intense negotiations, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission have reached a final deal on the recast Renewable Energy Directive. We are delighted to announce a very positive outcome for solar, with the following majority of SolarPower Europe’s key recommendations now reflected in the final deal:
  • 32% of Europe’s energy demand in 2030 should be covered by renewable energy sources, against the 27% initially proposed by the European Council and endorsed by the European Commission. A push lead by SolarPower Europe over the past 24 months;
  • Solar prosumers are fully exempted from any charges and fees on the self-consumed electricity that remains within their premises. From 2026, Member States may apply charges and fees for installations above 25kWp, if there are support schemes in place or if the overall share of self-consumption exceeds 8% of the national total electricity capacity. This was a top priority for SolarPower Europe and we are delighted to see our position in the negotiated deal;
  • Obligation for Member States to report progress on measures facilitating the uptake of corporate sourcing and removal of administrative barriers. Another huge success of our advocacy efforts, vastly improving the original proposal;
  • The EU embraces new business models for self-consumption such as collective self-consumption, aggregation and 3rd party ownership;
  • Prosumers can sell their excess energy including via aggregators, PPAs and peer-to-peer arrangements and receive at least the market price for the energy fed into the grid;
  • No retroactive changes for supported solar projects, with only restricted exemptions provided that the economic viability of the project isn’t impacted. A measure SolarPower Europe has been instrumental in seeing through the negotiating process;
  • Simplified administrative procedures for small solar projects with the introduction of a one stop shop and shorter permitting deadlines up to one-year for installations below 150kW;
  • Small solar projects equal or less than 10.8kW can be connected to the grid with a simple notification to the distribution system operator;
  • Stability and predictability for solar investors. EU Member States must report on the evolution of their solar support schemes with a 5-year horizon;
  • Member States can hold solar-specific tenders for large project, and grant feed-in-tariffs to small-scale solar projects, which are exempted from tendering procedures;
  • Inclusion of the assessment and changes to the long-term plans of support to renewable energies and measures to promote self-consumption in the national energy and climate plans;
  • Mandatory issuance of GOs, but Member States to decide whether to issue GOs to supported electricity.
 Next steps:
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union will have to give the formal approval to the text agreed in the informal trialogues discussion. The European Commission will also prepare a guidance document on the implementation of the Directive.
 Member States will have to transpose the Directive into national laws by 1 January 2021.

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  1. Does anyone know if this will apply to non EU states that are nonetheless members of the European Economic Area and or Single Market. The reason I ask is looking ahead to the UK being out of the EU but perhaps in EEA or single market I wonder aloud as to what the chances are that Prosumers here (UK) will benefit from this Directive when it comes into force.

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