Italy: National PV guidelines for Autorizzazione Unica adopted

The document was adopted on July by the State – Regions Unified Conference and will enter into force after publication in the OJ. Regions will have to adapt their frameworks to comply with the National guidelines within 90 days, continues PV Legal.

The company goes on to say the Autorizzazione Unica is one of the main bottlenecks for the PV sector in Italy and the "lack of clear procedures" defined at National level allowed for the proliferation of regional norms. The guidelines, however, are a significant step forward towards the “simplification and harmonization of the authorization process in Italy”.

Meanwhile, in other news, Reuters has reported that the Italian solar market will continue to shine, despite incentive cuts.

It says the country will not lose its appeal to investors, despite a cut in production incentives, and that it is likely to add about 1,000 megawatts of capacity a year between 2010-2013. Italy will slash feed-in tariffs for solar power market in 2011-2013 to bring the incentives in line with falling costs of PV systems, starting with major cuts next year.

This year, Italy is set to add between 800 MW and 1,000 MW of new PV capacity helped by the existing incentive scheme, among the most generous in Europe, Gert Gremes, chairman of Italy’s PV association GIFI, told Reuters in a telephone interview. Feed-in tariffs, which guarantee operators steady returns for every kilowatt hour of produced power for 20 years in Italy, will be slashed by up to about 30 percent in 2011 and by six percent a year in 2012 and 2013. A 3,000 MW limit will be placed on capacity to be covered by incentives over 3 years.

"I think in 2011 we can repeat a year like 2010, or even have a slight growth … A gigawatt (1,000 MW) a year is very realistic in 2012 and 2013," Mr. Gremes said. "You’ll see that a three gigawatt (cap) will be filled easily in three years."

Investors and solar panels manufacturers have been concerned that the cut in incentives would slow down growth of the Italian PV market which has boomed since 2007 when the old incentive scheme was launched.

"I believe that with the new tariffs Italy will remain a country where an investment in a photovoltaic plant is among, if not the most interesting (in Europe). I think investors will go ahead with building plants," Mr. Gremes explained.