As a company specializing in the design, installation, and management of large-scale turnkey solar energy systems, we understand the challenges companies face with the recent announcement by the Flemish government regarding solar panel installations. By 2025, large electricity consumers in Flanders must have solar panels installed, and public organizations must follow suit. This obligation will lead to significant market demand and test the industry's capacity to deliver. However, we are here to support company owners and provide valuable insights to help navigate this challenge.
The new regulation has accelerated the solar energy market, making subsidies almost unnecessary for profitable installations. With the current energy crisis causing a surge in requests, companies must act promptly to meet the 2025 deadline. The obligation for solar panel installations will impact approximately 2,500 companies, leading to a significant increase in demand for solar installations.
There are limited large EPC-contractors in Flanders capable of handling complex, large-scale projects, posing a challenge for the market. One aspect to consider is the dynamic regulation of production by grid operators, which will need to be addressed.
To meet the increased demand, the entire supply chain must keep pace, which is not guaranteed in a market with scarce resources, including personnel and materials. Furthermore, grid operators are under immense pressure, and the evaluation and permitting of applications are becoming increasingly time-consuming.
Despite these hurdles, the market will find solutions to accommodate the growing demand. Companies failing to comply with the obligation will face fines, providing a strong incentive to act swiftly. The key is to start planning and taking action now, considering the mounting pressure on the market and longer project lead times.
As experts in the development, installation, and operation of large-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar projects, we recommend that company owners:
We are committed to supporting company owners throughout the process, from design and installation to maintenance of solar energy systems. By working together, we can overcome the challenges posed by the solar panel obligation and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for Flanders.