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Will you soon be buying sports shoes with the residual energy from your solar panels? “Nice gesture, but not yet legally relevant”

“It seems like a good proposal, but at the moment it is not even legally possible. They cannot legally buy any electricity at all. What they are mainly doing now is to announce the plan to see how many customers would be interested in it”, says Sven Pichal’s Decathlon action. “Well, they’ve got it right. They’ve been working with people from the solar energy industry for a number of years to prepare for this. It’s not that they just happened overnight.”

“Not yet legally possible”

“From 1 July, anyone with solar panels and a digital counter can effectively choose to put their surplus electricity back on the grid in exchange for a small fee. This involves a number of energy suppliers, such as Engie Electrabel. Decathlon also wants to do. But that is not yet legally possible, because you have to be with the same company for the time being. If you receive electricity from Engie Electrabel, you can also only sell your energy surplus to Engie Electrabel. You may only have one supplier where you both buy and sell. “

Still, the sports chain claims they could start as early as July 1. “Decathlon has not disclosed which supplier they are working with, they are a bit mysterious about it. But they claim that if they work with the same supplier as the private solar panel owners, they can arrange it among themselves from 1 July.”

“Sports shoes in exchange for your energy surplus”

“If in the future it would really be possible to work with two different companies, then it would of course be interesting as a consumer. Then you can buy the cheapest electricity from one company, and sell your surplus to the supplier who will send you. offers the best price again. This way you become a bit of a mini energy supplier yourself. “

Most electricity suppliers currently make a small contribution for excess electricity, on average between 2 and 5 cents per kilowatt hour. At Decathlon it would be 4.5 cents per kilowatt hour. “An average installation would yield 90 euros per year with the Decathlon system. That is already a good amount,” says Sven Pichal.

“But it is quite special how you would receive that compensation. You would receive a credit with which you can make purchases in the store. You can then buy outdoor equipment, sports shoes or a volleyball in exchange for your energy surplus,” laughs Sven. “Although you could also get it paid in cash.”

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