BSW-Solar: No longer putting solar district heating in the cold

While photovoltaics now cover around ten percent of electricity consumption, “not even one percent of district heating has been supplied by solar power plants in this country,” criticizes the association. Solar heat can now also be produced on an industrial scale for less than five cents per kilowatt hour.

Federal funding on hold

The solar industry has recently registered growing interest from heat suppliers, but so far only a few dozen solar power plants for district heating feed on a megawatt scale are in operation in Germany. The reason for this is that the users of fossil fuels only have to bear a fraction of their health and climate costs themselves. The associated distortion of competition to the disadvantage of solar park operators will not be caused by adequate CO in the heating sector2-Prices still balanced by means of appropriate promotional offers, complains BSW Managing Director Carsten Körnig. A “federal funding for efficient heating networks” planned years ago has been on hold for a long time and is also equipped with a funding pot that is too small.

This is what the federal association demands

The Federal Association of the Solar Industry calls on the SPD, Greens and FDP to quickly close the profitability gap for producers of local and district heating. In order to wake up the “sleeping giant solar district heating”, the solar industry recommends, as a first step, a tender program for large solar thermal systems based on the model of the successful auctions for photovoltaic solar parks, which will run for at least five years.

In this way, 20 billion kilowatt hours of emission-free heat could be produced particularly efficiently over 25 years. In addition, the CO2-Price in the heating sector will be raised faster and a citizen’s allowance introduced to compensate for social hardship. In addition, privileges for solar thermal energy are required under building law. Municipalities would find it difficult to provide areas for solar thermal power plants. Cancellations or years of delays have so far been the rule. (gun)

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