Croatia ups PV quota

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Under the changes, officials in Zagreb have raised the quota for integrated photovoltaic capacity by an additional 25 MW, from the current 10 MW. It has also boosted the quota for non-integrated photovoltaic plants by an additional 10 MW, from 5 MW, said the economy ministry in a statement.??

Croatia’s Energy Market Operator (Hrote) will continue to sign contracts for new photovoltaic plants, until the new 2013 quotas have been reached. ??According to data released from Hrote on October 23, the original 10 MW quota for integrated photovoltaic plants has already been filled, with 3.61 MW worth of contracts already signed, and 6.40 MW said to be in the approval process.

The country’s existing 5 MW quota for non-integrated photovoltaic plants has still not been fully allocated, however. By October 23, said Hrote, contracts worth 0.54 MW had been signed with developers, while 0.66 MW worth of projects are in the approval process.

"The total quota for [photovoltaic] solar energy in Croatia is envisaged to reach 45 MW until 2020. Next year we plan to fulfill the entire [2020] quota that we took on ourselves in relation to the EU. That means that we will achieve it not by 2020, but in 2013," said Croatia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Radomir Cacic, during the government’s session on October 31.??

He added, "After that, we will follow the [latest developments] in technology and prices and we will then look into whether to increase the quota [once again], but at lower prices."

The Croatian FIT system is composed of two groups of tariffs: one for power plants with installed capacities of up to 1 MW (HRK1.10/kWh – around €0.15 or US$0.19); and another for plants over 1 MW. The FIT for this category amounts to the average electricity generation price (PPC) in Croatia.

In June, the government unveiled significant FIT cuts. The new tariffs saw prices for ground-mounted photovoltaic plants decreasing to just €0.15/kWh, down from €0.52/kWh. Prices for rooftop photovoltaic systems saw a more gradual decrease, with tariffs now ranging from between €0.35/kWh for systems up to 10 kWp and €0.22/kWh for systems between 10 and 30 kWp.

Edited by Becky Beetz.