With a new online tool for assets with an installed capacity below 800 kW, Next Kraftwerke has opened its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to smaller photovoltaic systems. Registration takes only a few clicks and can be completed by operators in just a few minutes.
Expanding the scope of the VPP comes in response to a new law in Germany: As of 2016, operators of new photovoltaic assets with an installed capacity of more than 100 kWp are obligated to take part in the Market Premium Model. This will affect thousands of operators. In 2015, there was an average of about 100 new assets with a capacity of 100-1000 kWp every month. The new online-tool for inclusion in the VPP is not exclusive to new photovoltaic systems; existing units can also be registered. “We consider further pursuit of the energy transition to be quite important. To this end, we also wanted to offer operators of smaller units a straightforward way to be a part of our VPP and the Market Premium Model,” said founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke, Jochen Schwill.