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"Bureaucratic Requirements Hindering Solar Progress", says Patrik Danz froom IBC Solar

The demand for solar systems has shot up drastically over the past year. Patrik Danz, Sales Manager at IBC Solar, knows whether this will remain the case in 2023 and where the hurdles for rapid expansion are.

Patrick Danz: The amendment of the EEG is a very important step forward. A lot has also happened for the solar parks. But unfortunately not enough to achieve the expansion targets. If we really want to bring eleven gigawatts a year to open spaces from 2026, a lot still has to be done in terms of space. The disadvantaged areas must be opened up very urgently and very quickly.

We expect massive growth in all market segments in the coming months. Be it in the home or commercial sector or in the solar park sector. The home ownership sector is primarily driven by external influences such as the Ukraine war and the massive increases in energy costs. In the commercial sector, of course, the growing energy costs also play a very important role and companies want to make themselves more and more independent. In addition, the latest EEG amendment creates good conditions for larger companies.

Today, the hurdles lie mainly in the bureaucratic requirements, i.e. registration, approval and certification processes, which reduce the speed. Further difficulties arise from the lack of installation capacity due to the lack of specialist personnel. An important part of the acceleration in the planning and implementation of systems is certainly the advancing digitization in the trades and in the authorities. As a result, sales and planning processes can be standardized and in some cases even automated. The technologies used here are primarily digital planning and project management tools, digital system registration with the authorities and website-based planning tools with connection to online shops for project-related order processing.


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