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The British Photovoltaic Association Your Gateway to the UK PV market James Steynor Chief Executive Officer Friday, 12th November Abu Dhabi

What’s to follow   The emergence of the BPVA   The BPVA – a solid foundation   The BPVA mission – to focus on PV   Partnerships and alliances   UK market overview   Installed capacity development   The FIT – an overview   The UK FIT v others   Insolation/ irradiance UK   Estimated regional development   The BPVA short-term objectives   BPVA at Ecobuild   Closing remarks

The emergence of the BPVA   Backdrop: –  Major drive by UK government (DECC) towards reducing UK carbon emissions – photovoltaic a significant component –  The feed-in tariff (FIT) April 1st sends clear message to users and investors alike (as confirmed following spending review yesterday) –  Widespread adoption of PV key to meeting target of 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050   Focus: –  PV has a unique profile v other alternative sources of renewable energy (wind/tide etc) –  PV offers scalable projects from existing homes through to large commercial installations –  Unlike other renewable energy sources, PV is on a local scale and can contribute directly to local energy requirements –  PV is regarded as so key it is a standalone initiative in most countries   Support: –  The BPVA is filling a need identified by a key group of companies –  Other PV associations outside the UK want to see a focus in the UK market –  A fully independent initiative is needed with no distractions (or conflicts) from alternative renewable energy technologies

The BPVA – a solid foundation

  A fully independent non profit making association 100% dedicated to photovoltaic in the UK –  Focusing on the technology and application of PV –  An ambassador for PV both in the UK and representing home interests internationally –  No favour: all members treated equally

  Dedicated to make the most of the UK market for PV –  –  –  – 

Educate and inform the consumer and other user groups Stimulate interest in PV in a broad range of applications A catalyst to investment – both indigenous and from abroad Stimulate growth in the UK PV sector – job creation both in innovation and application

  Dynamic management –  Streamlined structure to react fast to market demands –  Close contact to members through Board level representation –  Proactive; driving force behind PV in the UK

The BPVA mission – to focus on PV   To educate and inform –  Awareness of technology and benefits to consumer –  Promotion at grassroots level – eg schools –  Demystifying and encouraging widespread adoption

  To stimulate growth in the UK photovoltaic industry –  Facilitating PV roll-out – planning assistance, gateway to technology support etc. –  Both working with and lobbying government (local and national) –  Advising key decision-makers on policies to develop a sustainable PV market

  Establish photovoltaic power as a leading energy source in the UK –  Selling and promoting the vision –  Stimulating growth in infrastructure and technologies behind PV –  The catalyst to providing significant environmental and monetary benefits

  Assist members in their business development –  In the UK, the European Union and beyond –  Networking opportunities through BPVA events –  Building a foundation for growth

Partnerships & Alliances

Government & Media Department of Energy & Climate Change, Carbon Trust, Solar Installer, Photon, Solar in Building Design & Construction, Sun & Wind Energy

Associations & Academia EPIA, SER, ASIF, GIFI , SEIA, SEPA, PV Group, IPVEA , ISES, JPEA, BSW, CSIA Fraunhofer Institute, Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) NRF

UK market overview (1)

  Drivers for renewables: –  UK is primarily very dependent on fossil fuels. –  Since 2004 rapid price increase in electricity stimulates interest in alternative energy solutions –  UK government mission: to make renewable energy account for 15% of its total energy mix by 2020 with an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050   Potential –  Population more than 61 million represents one of the largest PV markets in Europe –  Drivers include Political, Economical, Social, Technical and Environmental factors –  Great public support for renewable energy –  Large number of houses (>22M) and flats owner occupied (>65% of all houses) allowing easier adoption of PV –  Estimated potential for PV 60TWh per year - over one-third (>20TWh per year) in domestic retro fit; commercial sector: 5.5 TWh per year in small 4-10 kW systems.

UK market overview (2)   The UK FIT –  April 2010: UK implemented generous feed-in tariff (FIT) - the “Clean Energy Cashback” scheme (unlike other European countries where these are being cut back) –  Many European countries only benefit from energy sold back to the grid - UK scheme provides payment for energy generated –  Uncapped: should make this one of the most successful European PV markets –  Set for 25 years giving great stability to adopters   Installed capacity approx 30 MW end 2009: Forecast –  60 MWp by the end of 2010 –  1 GWp as early as 2013 –  >5 GWp as early as 2016   Factors effecting potential: –  Consumer awareness –  Number of MCS accredited installers and infrastructure in general –  Money supply (green loans through the Green Investment Bank – GIB) –  System costs – components and critically installation (30% higher in UK than Germany as of today)

Installed capacity development MCS, green loans and system installation costs are key factors in market development

Assumptions of baseline scenario:   Lack of MCS certified installers leads to bottleneck   No “green loans” available   System installation costs remain high Assumptions of progressive scenario:   MCS accreditation without problems   Green loan introduced in 2011   Considerable reductions in system installation costs

Background to capacity development [MWp]


Baseline scenario

Progressive scenario

Enhanced financing, certification and system cost levels favor the residential segment above average

  Growth of domestic sector fuels Progressive scenario – key factors: –  Availability of MCS accredited suppliers/installers –  Green loans –  Public awareness

  Open space/commercial installations growth observations: –  FIT and cost of installation key factors in ROI –  Financing is more readily available for large contracts –  Not dependant on MCS accreditation – larger contracts are more self regulated (ROO-FIT)

The FIT – an overview Source: Department of Energy and Climate Change 2010

Solar radiation

  850 – 1,100 kWh/m2a Year

1/4/2010 – 31/3/2011

1/4/2011 – 31/3/2012

1/4/2012 – 31/3/2013

1/4/2013 – 31/3/2014

1/4/2014 – 31/3/2015

< 4 kW (new build)






< 4 kW (retrofit)






> 4 – 10 kW






> 10 – 100 kW






> 100 kW – 5 MW






Stand alone system (open space)






PV promotion System size Tariff lifetime: 25 years Funding of projects up to 5 MW Indications in pence per kWh subject to alterations as a result of indexation

Installed capacity Source: EuPD Research 2010

       

2008: 2009: 2010e: 2011e:

6 MW 10 MW 40 MW 100 MW

newly installed

Cumulated 2009: 34 MW

  Projects up to 50 kW must use Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS) eligible products installed by MCS accredited installers in order to be eligible for the FIT. Projects of more than 50 kW must apply for an accreditation through the ROO-FIT process in order to receive the FIT.   Degression of tariffs in 2012 in order to further encourage investments.   Compensation rates will be adjusted annually according to Retail Price Index (RPI) variations.

The UK FIT v others Eurocent/kWh

Source: EuPD Research 2010

60 55 50

55.0 51.8 47.4 46.0

45 40

44.1 42.1 38.2

41.2 38.6 35.0

35 30








24.2 – 25.3




UK GenT 3 kWp

Flanders 100 kWp


DE Open-space (one MW)





*Excluding BIPV and regardless of regional correction coefficient

Other than Greek tariff for rooftop systems <10kWp, UK’s FIT for small-scale installations highest

Insolation/irradiance UK   Stated irradiation level (average) for UK 850 kWh/m2 per year   Cornwall 1,100 kWh/m2 per year   Education for the UK consumer: PV does not need direct sunlight

Data courtesy of NASA

Estimated regional development

Activity seen by installers /distributers   25.6 % active across the UK and not just specific regions. Scotland

  Highest levels of activity found in London and the South East at levels between 26-35%.

Northern Ireland

North East North West Yorkshire& Humberside

  PV-activity in Wales, Eastern and Yorkshire & Humberside is lowest(7%).

East Midlands West Midlands 26-35% 16-25% 11-15% 7-10% 0-6%


Eastern London

South West

South East

  South West, East and West Midlands and North West 11% to 15%   Scotland and the North East region 7% to 10%   Despite low levels of irradiation even Northern rural regions still have moderate potential in openspace developments

London and South East have highest levels of activity.

BPVA short-term objectives

  To educate –  Rollout of educational leaflets to go to schools/households –  General awareness of opportunities in the UK   To inform –  Represent the facts about PV –  Permanent showcase in the BPVA HQ at The Building Centre (London)   To facilitate –  Organise regular events with a clear sector focus •  Solar in Building Design and Construction •  Solar in Farming and Agriculture •  Solar Bankability and Finance •  Solar in Commercial and Industrial applications •  Solar in Sport and Leisure •  Solar in Education   And overall to support our members

BPVA at Ecobuild – March 2011

“The future of design, construction and the build environment”   Largest event of its kind in the UK –  Over 1,000 exhibitors and 41,000 visitors in 2010 – even larger in 2011 –  Mix of trade, industry, consumer – both UK and from abroad –  High profile political attendance   The BPVA stand –  Large member area (145 m2) with showcase table top stands (limited – first come first serve) –  Dedicated on-stand theatre with presentations running 10 am to 4pm all 3 days –  Participating showcase BPVA members listed in promotional material and on-stand branding including presentation opportunities

Join us and be part of this exciting event!

Closing remarks

The UK - a tremendous opportunity

To realise this will demand a great focus from education through to infrastructure

The BPVA: A driver and catalyst to maximise the potential of PV in the UK

Thank you for your time With particular thanks to

James Steynor, CEO BPVA

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