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Trading your PV power

As an experienced trader of solar power, Next Kraftwerke Belgium is your gateway to the electricity markets. We can offer the most competitive rates for trading your solar power because we integrate your installation into our Virtual Power Plant Next Pool. Within the Next Pool, production at your PV installation is forecasted and traded together with power generated by thousands of other solar power plants. The result is a dynamic short-term portfolio, boosted by a data pool that constantly expands and improves forecasting results.

Intersolar Award 2017 for PV power forecasting and trading in Virtual Power Plant Next Pool
Intersolar Award 2017 for our Next Pool!
The Virtual Power Plant Next Pool is one of the "Outstanding Solar Projects” in 2017. The jury awarded the Next Pool with the prestigious award for our PV forecasting and power trading.

How does it work?

We assume all administrative and operational tasks associated with bringing your solar power to the energy markets. After receiving the necessary specifications of your PV installation, we’ll provide you with a non-binding quote for trading your solar power. Once a marketing contract has been signed, we integrate your installation into our Virtual Power Plant and start forecasting and trading.

Overview Forecasting Trading Customer access Revenues
Overview

  1. To sell electricity on the power exchanges, we integrate your solar units (minimum capacity: 500 kW) with our Virtual Power Plant using a protocol interface or our Next Box, which we developed in-house. The physical delivery of power to the grid remains unchanged. 
  2. Our power traders trade your solar power on the markets. 
  3. You receive the market gains, minus the trading fee indicated in the contract. Revenue from the sale of guarantees of origin and green electricity certificates comes from your distribution system operator (DSO) as usual.
Forecasting

Thanks to live data from thousands of photovoltaic units in our Virtual Power Plant and thanks to our analysts and meteorologists, we are experts in forecasting the feed-in of solar power. Each unit is forecasted on an individual basis. This gives our short-term traders valuable information on the quantities they need to place on the market. The results are reduced balancing risks when trading solar power, leading again to the very competitive trading fees which we offer.
Trading

Our traders will manage your PV output as part of our balancing group and will see to optimally place your power on short-term energy markets. Being a Virtual Power Plant, our traders are especially focused on day-ahead and intraday markets which is a perfect fit for trading PV power. Thus, we can procure shortfall quantities or sell excess quantities in case the output of your PV unit deviates unexpectedly.
Customer access

You can view and manage the status of your asset in our online customer area "My Power Plant". Here you can view load profiles, edit your data, and download invoices. In addition, you can identify offline or maintenance periods for your asset. This keeps us informed of how long your asset is not available in the Virtual Power Plant. 'My Power Plant' can be accessed on a desktop computer, or using our Apple or Android app. 
Revenues

You receive the market gains from the Next Kraftwerke trades of your solar power, minus the trading fee indicated in the contract. The fee is very competitive compared to other offers on the market, as the Next Kraftwerke traders carry low balancing risks thanks to in-house forecasting and live data from the Virtual Power Plant. We pass these advantages on to you. Revenue from the sale of green power certificates and guarantees of origin comes from your DSO as usual.

Aus der Praxis

Numbers & Facts

Photovoltaics within the Next Pool

1403
 
Networked PV units
1440
MW 
PV capacity in Next Pool
11,5
TWh (2017) 
Traded Power
2017
 
Intersolar Award
16
 
Number of interface partners
136
 
Staff

All under one roof

In our Virtual Power Plant, all the necessary aspects for marketing electricity come together under one roof: Our engineers, electricians, and power traders work closely with the sales and customer service teams to ensure that your solar power units yield the best returns from power trading.

Get a quote

After you submit the following data, we’ll be in touch with an offer for trading power generated by your PV unit. Or just call us at +32 (0) 2 342 02 68.