The strong spring sunshine and the increase of the photovoltaic surface area in recent years have been key factors in reaching a historical peak of solar energy in Luxembourg in March and April 2020. In addition, the teleworking during the weeks of lockdown has had a positive influence on the electricity demand, which has declined. The transition to climate neutrality seems to be making great strides.
A photovoltaic boom in Luxembourg
With 306.3 hours of sunshine in April, which is well above average, the exceptional weather was one of the reasons behind the historical peak of solar energy in Luxembourg. Nevertheless, it is thanks to the considerable increase in the installed power of photovoltaic panels that this level of solar energy production - more than 42% compared to the same period of the previous year - could be achieved.
In fact, from 1st March 2014 to 1st March 2019, a total of 1,950 photovoltaic installations were subsidised via the PRIMe House scheme, for 9.6 million of euros. As part of an energy policy geared towards a sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply, this financial aid is aimed at improving the energy performance of single-family houses or apartments.
All united for photovoltaic energy
Luxembourg wants to accelerate the timelines for renewable energies to reach around 25% clean energy by 2030, or even 100% in the long term. With this in mind, the aid scheme for the promotion of photovoltaic energy has been strengthened since 2019 and increasingly involves private individuals. In addition to the PRIMe House aid, many other instruments are offered to implement different sustainable energy projects.
Would you like to play an active role in this sustainable energy transition? Please read about photovoltaics and financial support for individuals on the website myenergy, the national structure for the promotion of a sustainable energy transition.
Teleworking - a tool to combat climate change
During the lockdown, the electricity demand in Luxembourg saw a decline of 28.1%, in particular in the banking sector. Many players in the tertiary sector have made use of teleworking, without any impact on household demand for electricity.
On top of the potential for reconciling family and work, teleworking has proven to be a tool for improving air quality and preventing congestion, as well as having a positive influence on the demand for electricity.
Source: press release from the Ministry of Energy and Spatial Planning