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The Contribution of Energy Communities to the Upscaling of Photovoltaics in Germany and Italy

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Department of Environmental Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Røyrgata 6, 6856 Sogndal, Norway
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GREEN Research Centre, Bocconi University, Via Röntgen 1, 20136 Milan, Italy
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Imperial Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT), South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
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Department of Culture, Politics, and Society, University of Turin, Via Verdi 8, 10124 Turin, Italy
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The Create Centre, The Schumacher Institute, Bristol BS1 6XN, UK
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Academic Editor: Bruno Henriques Dias
Energies 2021, 14(8), 2258; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082258
Received: 25 February 2021 / Revised: 31 March 2021 / Accepted: 6 April 2021 / Published: 17 April 2021
Energy communities (EC) are among the new actors in the energy market, playing an important role in the uptake of photovoltaics (PV) in European markets. This paper estimates their aggregate contribution to the low-carbon energy transition in terms of installed capacities for PV and evaluates their economic performance comparing with market prices. We compiled a database of PV facilities with 3672 entries for Germany and 64 entries for Italy. Our statistical analysis does not support an economic under-performance of EC. The aggregate contribution of EC currently amounts to 600–838 MWp installed capacity in Germany and 10.6 MWp installed capacity in Italy, which makes 1.2–1.7% and 0.07% of all PV installations in Germany and Italy, respectively. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy cooperatives; community energy; energy transition; energy market; renewable energy; market performance energy cooperatives; community energy; energy transition; energy market; renewable energy; market performance
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Wierling, A.; Zeiss, J.P.; Lupi, V.; Candelise, C.; Sciullo, A.; Schwanitz, V.J. The Contribution of Energy Communities to the Upscaling of Photovoltaics in Germany and Italy. Energies 2021, 14, 2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082258

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Wierling A, Zeiss JP, Lupi V, Candelise C, Sciullo A, Schwanitz VJ. The Contribution of Energy Communities to the Upscaling of Photovoltaics in Germany and Italy. Energies. 2021; 14(8):2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082258

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Wierling, August, Jan Pedro Zeiss, Veronica Lupi, Chiara Candelise, Alessandro Sciullo, and Valeria Jana Schwanitz. 2021. "The Contribution of Energy Communities to the Upscaling of Photovoltaics in Germany and Italy" Energies 14, no. 8: 2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082258

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