Second register for photovoltaic systems in Italy also not exhausted

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The Italian network authority GSE published the list for the second register of Conto Energia 5 earlier than expected. As in the case of the first register, the available capacity will not exhausted, calculated Andreas Lutz of New Energy Projects, a German-based photovoltaic project developer active in the Italian market. Only €58 million of the €70 million available were requested.

According to New Energy Projects, a total of 3,690 photovoltaic installations are now registered with an overall capacity of 727 MW. Overall 491 plants are already in operation, while the greater remaining majority still have to be built. Most of the plants on the list are smaller than 100 kW.

However, the average size is approximately 200 kW because there are also several projects that have four, five or even ten MW. In addition, there are 79 photovoltaic installations that would not satisfy the requirements for being included in the register and thus have no claim to subsidies.

Since the introduction of Conto Energia V in the summer of 2012 all operators of photovoltaic installations with an output of 12 kW or more are required to register their systems; however, there are several exceptions to the rule that make a register entry unnecessary.

Currently the GSE counter for the total solar subsidies outlays in Italy stands at €6.696 billion. The subsidies are supposed to be exhausted with a subsidiary total of €6.7 billion. Afterwards, according to New Energy Projects, the procedure will be as follows: Installations that are not required to register will have a claim to remuneration in accordance with Conto Energia if the plant is in operation and the request is made within 30 days after notification that the €6.7 billion limit has been reached.

Installations that require registration will be entitled to remuneration if the plant is specified on the corresponding GSE list and the deadline for commissioning has not expired. Lutz also pointed out that when it comes to which plants will receive remuneration and which will not, publication of the second register means that there is now more security for investors who aim to purchase project rights and turnkey systems.

Translated by Alan Faulcon; edited by Vera von Kreutzbruck.