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The Impact of Distributed Solar Power Generation on the Demand and the Use of Electricity in Households

Torsten Amelung

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Abstract: Solar modules are increasingly deployed at the electricity customers’ premises. Once these customers become power generators (“prosumers”), there is a change in the customers’ behavior regarding the consumption of electricity. This paper analyses the behavioral patterns of these prosumers based on field studies that have been undertaken in different countries. As prosumers obtain a higher transparency than consumers, they try to shift their consumption into those hours, when there is higher solar irradiation. Taxation, grid fee structures and affiliate marketing impact on the behavioral patterns as well. This might lead to an increase of electricity consumption and thus reducing the electricity that can be fed in into the grid. Understanding this behavior is crucial for designing policies to increase the solar generation, as decentralized solar generation could play an important role in the future energy mix.

Keywords: Prosumers; Distributed Energy; Behavior of Housholds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D91 M21 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene and nep-reg
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