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International experiences in promoting distributed generation

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In March 2015 CNREC, NREL and DEA met with Chinese research institutions to discuss the international experiences in promoting distributed generation.

Promotion of local, distributed generation of renewable energy has been a global success, especially regarding roof-top solar PV systems. In China, the deployment of solar PV system has until now primarily been through large solar PV power plants, but the Chinese government also wants to promote distributed generation closer to the load centres. The framework conditions for deployment of distributed generation are however not as clear as for utility based solar power plants, and CNREC is therefore researching how distributed system can be boosted by appropriated policy measures.

In March 2015 CNREC, NREL and DEA met with Chinese research institutions to discuss the international experiences in promoting distributed generation.

From NREL, Senior Expert Paul Schwabe and International Energy Analyst Ella Chou gave an overview of the US markets, financing risk factors and policies support for distributed generation in the US. Also issues related to ownership, third party investments and the concept of “Community Solar” were introduced. Find their presentation here.

From DEA, Special Advisor Henrik Breum and Senior Expert Niels Bisgaard Pedersen, presented the European experiences in promoting distributed generation with focus on the regulatory frameworks and financial challenges and solutions related to support of solar PV systems. Find their presentations here.