Austria allocates €5.95 million for solar rebates in 2017

Austria’s Climate and Energy Fund and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) have launched a solar rebate scheme for 2017.

The two entities have allocated €5.95 million ($6.34 million) for grid-connected rooftop PV projects ranging in size from 5 kW to 50 kW.  The Climate and Energy Fund began accepting applications for the tax rebate on Tuesday.

The program is scheduled to be closed on November 15. Incentives will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis. Selected PV projects will be granted a rebate of €275 per kW installed, while BIPV installations will be awarded €375 per kW installed.

Rebates will not exceed 40% of the costs for installing a system. Incentives could also be granted to ground-mounted PV projects on unused agricultural land.

Applications must be sent through the online platform www.pv-lw.klimafonds.gv.at. Submitted projects will be reviewed by the Kommunalkredit Public Consulting (KPC) before construction and after the project completion.

According to data released by the local association Photovoltaic Austria, the country had reached approximately 1 GW of grid connected PV capacity in late September.