2012 | 03 | 05 PV Symposium in Bad Staffelstein 2012
From 29 February to 2 March 2012, representatives of the German PV sector convened at the annual pv symposium in the Banz Abbey in Bad Staffelstein. As she had done in the last ten years, agency owner Iris Krampitz was on location. The planned solar cutbacks were the dominating topic of this year’s event.
The participants from the industry, associations and science formulated their statements on the planned solar cutbacks in the “Staffelstein Declaration” already before the symposium. In this they underscore the necessity of the transition to renewable energy sources and the significant role that photovoltaics have to play in energy provision of the future. They emphasise that solar electricity represents an investment worth making for Germany and brings down the peak prices of electricity. The submitted draft law, on the contrary, endangers 130,000 jobs. The sector explains it is willing to contribute to developing the transition from the REL feed-in model into a prospective market integration model. No one, however, may have carte blanche to make arbitrary REL changes.
As a representative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment and responsible for programs to launch renewable energies in the market, Karin Freier attempted to justify the position of her ministry to the industry representatives. She referred to overcapacity and explained further that the competition from China cannot be held back by the REL.
The German Solar Industry Association named the planned law a “solar exit law” and called on citizens to take part in the demonstration on Monday, 5 March 2012 in Berlin.
The other topics concerned grid integration and grid management of photovoltaic plants as well as possibilities on storing and yield forecasting.
This year the symposium once again offered an excellent platform for networking and exchanging ideas.