Solar panels rental | The new online rental model was supposed to keep prices down – and now they’re being increased

Solar panels rental |  The new online rental model was supposed to keep prices down – and now they’re being increased

Several large network companies have announced that they have to increase the network rental price, including giants BKK in Vestland and Lnett (formerly Lyse Nett) in Rogaland.

BKK Explain the increase Among other things with “a strong increase in the prices of the components we use to expand and renew the network”. Lnett also talks about the great need for upgrades.

Elvia, Norway’s largest online company, suggests that it will also adjust its prices soon:

– There are no immediate plans to increase, but we see from the projections that we may have to increase from the fall. It’s about increasing investments and increasing costs, says CIO Morten Shaw.

The new net rent should reduce the need to upgrade

A little over a year ago, there was a lot of fuss about the biggest rent change online in recent times. After the installation of new electricity meters, it became possible to make the electricity bill more complicated.

Previously, you paid based on the amount of electricity you used between each meter reading.

  • Online rental rates now change throughout the day, week and seasons (day/night, weekday/weekend, summer/winter).
  • In addition, a large part of the internet rent you pay depends on how much electricity you use at the same time for the most part (energy)

The purpose of the change is to spread people’s consumption over a larger part of the day and reduce peak consumption.

“If we all become more conscious of electricity together, we can reduce the large extensions of the electricity grid that would give everyone who uses electricity a higher rent for the grid in the long run,” he writes. Elvia On the Information page about the reason for changing the rent online.

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Upgrade anyway

Despite the new grid lease, grid companies are still working on massive power grid upgrades.

Parts of this come as a result of the massive development of solar cells. There is almost unanimous agreement that investment must continue in order to get more electricity production in Norway.

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The challenge is that the electricity grid in many places is too weak to receive electricity.

When solar cells send large amounts of electricity to the local grid, at a time when consumption is often low, the grid encounters problems. This can be solved, and online businesses binding To upgrade when someone wants to install solar cells which can cause problems for the grid.

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This raises the need to strengthen and build a new low-voltage network, which the network company’s customers have to pay for the network rent, Nils Tore Ugland, director of communications for GlitreNett, told Nettavisen recently.

They refer to the mailn A report from Fornybar Norge estimating costs In the worst case, grid companies could face between NOK 37 and 87 billion if solar cells really catch on. The costs are so high that Renewable Norway believes that other, cheaper solutions must be found.

– paradox

At a conference sponsored by Fornybar Norge, Høyre’s parliamentary representative and member of the Energy and Environment Committee, Ove Trellevik, put it this way:

– It is really a paradox that we have been working for 10-15 years with municipalities and citizens in Norway to get rid of their consumption: not to fry sausages at the same time as charging the car and washing clothes. He said: And now all of a sudden everyone is going to put solar panels on the roof and blow up the grid at one o’clock in the morning.

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The NVE has notified the government that going forward there is a risk of what they call “irrational development” of the power grid at high costs.

Is your new online rental really outdated?

Thus, the big question is whether the lease of the new grid, which was supposed to prevent the need to upgrade the power grid, would have actually become obsolete if the need for the upgrade arose anyway.

Energy industry watchdog Fornybar Norge believes grid lease intent is good, but solar is a challenge:

– When it comes to solar energy, two considerations must be balanced: the first is that we need more energy production, and all renewable sources must be used, including solar cells in residential buildings. The second is the cost of connecting more and more solar power to the grid – and how that bill will be distributed in a large plaster cast among grid customers, communications director Aslak Øverås tells Nettavisen.

– Here we do not have the epilogue ready yet. We’re working with our members to find out how phased solar energy can be used in a reasonable way, he says.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has told Nettavisen that it believes the network lease provides incentives for better use of the network, but that the scheme will be evaluated early next year.

At the same time, they noted, NVE is working on issues related to solar energy.

– It is difficult to understand that the solution should be another online rental model

Norway’s largest online rental company doesn’t think it will help change online rental:

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– We see the challenge described, but we find it difficult to understand that the solution must be another online rental model. The model provided provides an incentive to consume less at one time, and is a reasonable price signal to offer, Elvia’s communications director Morten Shaw tells Nettavisen.

The fact that too much simultaneous solar input can in some cases create grid challenges makes it important to see solar subsidy schemes with local storage subsidy schemes, he says.

The representative of the Norwegian Parliament, Uwe Trelevek, believes that the solution is a combination of two things:

– I think the solution is ‘near energy solutions’ – where local production is more in line with consumption and you have storage solutions/batteries for surplus energy from the sun at 1pm, Trelevec says.

This means that solar cells must be sold with batteries, which is the solution that the solar cell industry itself wants.

The solution to this problem is that a battery will be included with the purchase of the solar cells, which 8 out of 10 Otovo customers in Germany do, Andreas Thorsheim, CEO of Otovo, told Nettavisen in May.

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In June, Tibber launched a new battery solution, but unlike solar cells, it’s not something Enova supports. Therefore in Norway there are very few solar cell systems that are integrated with batteries. Tibber batteries have a capacity of 6.65 or 13.3 kWh, and a price of NOK 90-130,000.

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