Next Kraftwerke opens Virtual Power Plant for photovoltaic systems below 800 kW


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.


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Next Kraftwerke operates one of the biggest Virtual Power Plants in Europe. By utilizing the full potential of digitalization, the company networks more than 4,500 energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool” with a total capacity of over 3,000 MW. Through its technology and trading, clients are able to produce and consume electricity when prices are best for them. By trading their aggregated power 24/7 on different energy spot markets the Virtual Power Plant also makes a substantial contribution to stabilizing the grid by smartly distributing the power generated and consumed by the individual units in times of peak load.