Guidelines for PV prosumers in Europe

PV self consumption

These guidelines of self-consumption compile summaries for national regimes on the photovoltaic (PV) prosumer guidelines in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain based on the latest EU legislation developments.

PVP4Grid, is  an EU-funded project involving 12 partners from several European countries, which started in October 2017 and will run until March 2020.The main objective is to increase the market share and market value of PV by enabling consumers to become PV prosumers in a system-friendly manner.

This initiative has developed a series of tools to achieve its goal of bringing solar energy closer to consumers. Among these tools are the self-consumption guides for the main countries of the European Union which you can find in the following links:

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Austria (PV PROSUMER GUIDELINES ÖSTERREICH)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Belgium (PV PROSUMER GUIDELINES BELGIUM)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Germany (Photovoltaik und Elektromobilität sinnvoll kombinieren)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in France (GUIDE DU PROSOMMATEUR PHOTOVOLTAÏQUE -FRANCE)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Italy(COME DIVENTARE UN ‘PROSUMER’ PHOTOVOLTAIC)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Portugal(GUIA PARA O AUTOCONSUMO FOTOVOLTAICO PORTUGAL)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in the Netherlands( PV PROSUMENT RICHTLIJNEN)

Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Spain


You can see the statistics of photovoltaic self-consumption in our recent post about Evolution of the solar market(Evolucion-del-mercado-sola)


Guide for photovoltaic self-consumption in Spain

Within the guide to photovoltaic self-consumption in Spain there are questions erasing as the following:

  • What means self-consumer?

A self-consumer is an electricity consumer who produces electricity thanks to a generation facility connected to its internal network or through a direct line, to support its own consumption and can (or not) inject the surplus produced to the net. Self-consumption can be isolated or connected to the network. Within the Spanish guide of photovoltaic self-consumption, information about the grid connection and its regulation is expanded.


Simplified Compensation Mechanism

RD 244/2019 establishes the simplified compensation mechanism between the deficits of consumers and the surpluses of their associated production facilities.

The simplified compensation mechanism consists of a balance in economic terms of the energy consumed in the billing period.

The energy coming from the production facility in self-consumption that is not consumed is a surplus that is returned to the grid. This energy, in the monthly billing period, is valued at a certain price and this amount is subtracted from the energy purchased in the network.

If you have a supply contract with a free marketer, you will have to agree the hourly price at which the surplus is valued with the marketer.

If you have a contract to supply the PVPC, the excess hourly energy will be valued at the market price minus the deviations.

It is important to mention that the economic value of the energy that is turned over to the network can never be higher than the energy consumed by the network during the billing period, which is one month.

Víctor Mengual


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