Very positive energy storage deployment numbers coming out of Germany. With up to 20,000 new installations last year the effects of decreasing prices and a more mature industry are beginning to show. There is a real demand for increasing self-consumption in Germany and people are increasingly turning to energy storage to help maximise this. The UK has shown it has a solid foundation for developing energy storage, hopefully it won't be long until the UK is matching these figures.
The increase in new installations was mainly due to a 40% drop in prices over the past three years. German solar association Bundesverbands Solarwirtschaft expects their number will double to 100,000 in 2018. According to provisional figures provided by German solar energy association Bundesverbands Solarwirtschaft (BSW-Solar), there are now approximately 52,000 operational storage systems serving PV installations in Germany. This number corresponds to a capacity of approximately 300 MWh, a BSW spokesperson told pv magazine.