Once again, market price will be determined by supply and demand and no longer by protectionist measures.Most European manufacturers produce where cost-efficiency is most favorable anyway; in Asia.Former Solar World customers are shifting their purchasing activities in the direction of comparable modules and in the medium term have bought up everything the market has to offer, which is why the modules of some manufacturers will not generally be available again until August or September.Nevertheless, providers remain locked in a fierce price war, preventing the cost of modules from rising, despite a looming bottleneck.In the Rotterdam area, if not across the Netherlands, it is nearly impossible to find a customs agent willing to import Asian modules.
That was offset by the many the many new products and services to discover in the energy storage area.
Simplified billing methods and the electricity communities that are cropping up everywhere make it seem like we are on the cusp of a breakthrough. The latter are basking in schadenfreude and most of all, relief.
Convinced of this certainty, the market leader Sonnen was not alone in partying after the official close of the trade fair, Senec and Mercedes, too, invited guests to their booth parties offering both culinary and acoustic counterpoints – a battle of the parties fraught with symbolism. I personally could not decide if I should celebrate or mourn the loss.
Yet another high-profile bankruptcy at a time when the market is just starting to pick up again is likely to hurt the reputation of the industry.
There are still hard-headed people who doubt the success story of renewables, and will do whatever it takes to undermine it. They will claim that at the expense of the public, an industry that cannot survive on its own has been propped up until its demise was finally inevitable. By clinging to old structures and business concepts, Asbeck has no one to blame but himself for his company’s fate.