In a recent study the German market research and consulting company EuPD Research has analysed energy transition related activities of all nearly 1,300 German utility companies regarding electricity, heating, energy efficiency and mobility.
The results show that by now every fifth utility already offers PV systems to their customers. Storage systems, too, are already well established as a complementary technology. 70 percent of the companies, who offer PV systems, also offer storage.
The research was conducted between February and April this year and focused on the product and service portfolio of the companies as well as the information they provide concerning the energy transition. Utility companies are a central link between green technology providers and users – for private households as much as for businesses. Photovoltaics is a central pillar of the energy transition and has experienced a strong growth ever since the renewable energy law was passed in Germany. However, since the peak times of 2010 and 2012, installation numbers for new PV systems have been declining.
Beyond the original supply of technology components, utility companies provide a sometimes broad variety of information and services. Moreover, the study results show that utilities offer various services around PV systems such as financing, insurance or maintenance.
“Even though the change is coming slowly, utilities by now have realised that they have to cater to the new demands of end customers regarding products and services around the energy transition” said Dr. Martin Ammon, head of energy economics at EuPD Research. “These days utility companies often offer service features such as profitability calculators for PV systems with and without storage, or the identification of customer roofs via the solar cadastre.”
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