Poland proposes more PV changes

The Ministry of Economy’s draft renewable energy law could become less favorable for large photovoltaic systems than previously thought, reports Polish daily newspaper, Rzeczpospolita.

Originally, the government intended to support photovoltaic plants up to 10 MW in size. However, under new plans, this could be reduced to two MW. Furthermore, the technology-dependent correction factor for installations with a capacity over 500 MW and 800 MW would be reduced by 25% and 50%, respectively.

Under the previous plans, the correction factor for photovoltaics was supposed to be up to 2.85 in the first two years after taking effect. Up to now there has been a certificate for a renewable energy installation per kWh, regardless of the technology employed. Commenting in January, Christian Schnell, partner in the law office DMS DeBenedetti Majewski Szcze?niak, in Warsaw said, "At the moment the correction factors are not the subject of discussion, which is very positive."

Further proposed changes would mean, if adopted, that photovoltaic parks would have to be installed at least 2 km apart. Such a rule – which is also available in Germany – is to stop operators from dividing their projects into small, individual installations, in order to obtain more support.

The newspaper added that photovoltaic plants must be connected to the grid at least two years apart. With this rule, the government in Warsaw is looking to prevent an overheating of the large-scale system market.

For small rooftop systems, a feed-in tariff is planned. Meanwhile, large-scale plants will participate in the trading of green certificates.

The Ministry of Economy is responsible for presenting a coordinated draft renewable energy law to the Cabinet. After adoption, this would then be forwarded to the Parliament.

Translated and edited by Becky Beetz.