Looking at the changing solar market, it is pretty much a fact that the last obstacle to further widespread developments in Europe is down to subsidy free financing. This is reiterated in the article which states the risk remains problematic to debt providers.
The article also notes that with hardware costs decreasing, the level for subsidy free developments is becoming increasingly closer. This will allow additional, plausible solar projects to spring up all throughout Europe. It is also believed that solar developers should be able to build plants without the need for subsidy support.
Another subject being covered is what the post-subsidy landscape would look like, especially since the change in RO and FiT-fuelled development cycles. With a focus on long term, large scale and consistent outputs, the past ‘peaks and troughs’ will be left behind. The different business models will allow for PPA’s to provide longer term stability for the solar industry.
“We’ve gone from a business of cowboys to a room full of professionals, [and] it’s a very different world today,”