Slovenia launches solar rebate scheme

Solar is currently covering over 1.5% of the Slovenia’s electricity demand.

Slovenia’s government issued a call for tenders on Apr. 14 to select PV projects up to 11 kW, under a net metering program that will have access to the rebates.

The scheme is being financed by the Slovenian Environmental Public Fund (Eko Sklad) with €3 million ($3.2 million) in 2017. The program covers 20% of the costs for buying and installing a PV system for a maximum of €180/kW installed. Projects must be completed fifteen months after the financing is provided. The scheme, which is open to individuals and small businesses, will apply only to PV projects whose construction has not started yet.

The Eco Fund is an independent legal entity managed by Slovenia’s Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. The fund is also being financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Slovenia introduced a net metering scheme for PV installations up to 11 kW in late 2015. The Slovenian Photovoltaic Association (ZSFV) has recently asked the government to include collective solar projects in the scheme and the Virtual net metering (VNM), a bill crediting system for community solar.

At the end of 2016, Slovenia had reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of approximately 259 MW. Most of this was installed in 2012 (122 MW), 2011, (54 MW) and 2010 (37 MW) under the country’s FIT scheme, which expired at the end of 2013.