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By Sonia Dunlop, Is a policy adviser at SolarPower Europe, where she is responsible for finance, digitalisation and state-aid issues. She is leading the association’s work on the EU-funded PV Financing project, which is looking at the best solar business models and sources of financing going forwards across Europe. She previously worked as the communications and public affairs manager at the UK’s Solar Trade Association and on EU renewable energy policy in the European Parliament in Brussels.; Bernd Engel, Is leader of the SolarPower Europe Digitalisation Task Force, SMA Solar Technology senior vice president responsible for technology and grid integration and professor of sustainable energy system components at Technische Universität Braunschweig. He previously worked at Alstom and at the technical un

Europe | With the decline of solar subsidies in Europe, the industry is under pressure to find new routes to market. SolarPower Europe policy adviser Sonia Dunlop looks at some of the innovative
new business models being developed to help ensure solar has a sustainable future

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It wouldn’t be an Intersolar Europe edition of this journal without a look at a solar market closer to home; we touch on the resurgent French solar market which looks set to provide a major source of demand. As module and inverter swap outs are a growing line of work for O&M providers, we also examine the issues that emerge, such as potential induced degradation and exposing the shortcomings of projects built without adequate monitoring capabilities. TUV Rheinland presents a technical paper that could prove to be an investor’s best friend by providing a method to push energy yield performance calculations for modules beyond an extrapolation of their standard test conditions. We also introduce our new conference, PV ModuleTech, to be held in Malaysia this November, dedicated to scrutinising the technical performance claims of manufacturers and seeking out best practice.

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