Energy

Luxembourg goes full speed ahead with solar energy

In 2018, 74% of households' consumption was covered by the production of renewable energy. But the government is now calling for an extension of photovoltaics and is launching a call for tender.

02-energieIn order to prevent climate change, Luxembourg has set the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 55% before 2030. The Grand Duchy is thus one of the most ambitious countries in the EU, along with Sweden, regarding the commitment taken by the EU Member States as part of the Paris Agreement

The same holds true for the objective of 23-25% renewable energy by 2030. As well as having great ambitions, Luxembourg is making great efforts. In order to fulfil its commitments, the government has just revealed a new measure to accelerate the development of solar energy at a national level.

Energy for 27,000 inhabitants

Between 2008 and 2018, use of photovoltaics rose by 533% and in the meantime around 7,000 photovoltaic systems have been installed in the Grand Duchy. And thanks to new pricing for small and medium-sized photovoltaic systems, there have also been 700 connection requests. At EU level, Luxembourg is even in 6th place in terms of photovoltaic power installed per inhabitant.

Despite this clear success for solar energy, according to the government the potential for photovoltaic energy is underexploited. This is why it has just launched a tender in order to produce solar energy for 27,000 inhabitants, in other words a total volume of 40 MW, by building and running new power generation plants that cover a larger surface area.

The solar plan provides the tenderers who offer the best price with a fifteen-year market premium contract for the injection of the electricity produced.

The deadline for the submission of tenders is 16 March 2020.

(Article written by the editorial team of the www.luxembourg.lu portal)

  • Updated 08-10-2019