Polish PV GRID Bilateral meetings - March/May 2014

Polish Society for Photovoltaics arranged several bilateral meetings to discuss challenges and solutions for grid integration of photovoltaic systems. This allowed to concentrate on specific problems relevant to each stakeholder group. The results of the PV GRID project, status of photovoltaics in Poland, perspectives of development, support measures, technical, economic and administrative barriers were discussed. The very important point in each meeting was the possibility to discuss the actual issues and prepare space for the better future cooperation.

The installed photovoltaic capacity in Poland on 31 March 2014 was 3,78 MW in 29 systems, according to Energy Regulation Office. Although amendments made in the Energy Law in September 2013 removed most of the administrative barriers for the PV systems up to 40 kW, so far there is no support mechanism which could trigger development of the PV market. Therefore the barriers found in the Advisory Paper are still ahead of Polish market.

PTPV met with the representatives of the following groups of the stakeholders:

1.    Distribution and Transmission System Operators: (RWE STOEN Operator, ENEA Operator, PSE Operator, Polish Assoc of Transfer and Distribution of Electrical Energy)

2.    Government (Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Environment),

3.    Regulators (Office of Technical Inspection, Energy Regulation Office)

4.    Policy makers: Members of Parliament (Sejm and Senate)

5.    Funding: (National Fund for Protection of Environment and Water Management and Bank of Environment Protection).

We found that there is high interest regarding photovoltaics. The different groups were interested on the different topics (technical, economic, social, finance) and discussions were constructive. A good cooperation appeared with the grid operators and regulators, with a willingness to cooperate and seek synergies.

Although the issues elaborated in the Advisory Paper are still ahead, DSOs are looking into potential technical barriers to connect very large number of PV systems to the distribution grids. From this point the project PV GRID and obtained results are very important and interesting to the them. The recommendations are useful and address the main existing barriers and limitations to a full integration of the distributed production to the grid. Thanks to delay in implementation PV Poland have chance to omit mistakes done by others.

Two DSO (RWE STOEN and ENEA) actively contributed to the study on Poland and agreed that the issues elaborated the Advisory Paper address the main issues concerning the injection of PV in the grid, and agree that the solutions match the barriers in question. Moreover, the participants found that the PV GRID document has revealed itself as a relevant study to further explore the barriers. Discussions went on the DSO access to advanced PV inverter capabilities, the self-consumption framework, a potential framework for DSO and storage solutions in order to increase grid capacity availability. Development of smart-meter and smart-grid were also discussed as a necessity to succeed in large PV integration to the grid.

The interest on the PV GRID for the decision-makers we have met was. first of all, in the economic aspects. Through these meetings, grid operators, energy regulator, Ministry could have seen the PV industry actors’ readiness to work with them in exploring, testing and deploying solutions that will facilitate the PV installations integration in the mutual interest of all parties.

Download the documents of the meetings here