Italian region of Lombardia launches €4 million incentive program for solar storage

The Department of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development of Lombardia, Italy’s most industrialized and richest region, has launched a rebate program to promote the use of storage systems coupled with residential and commercial PV systems.

The scheme has a budget of €4 million and provides rebates of up to €3,000 that may cover up to 50% of the costs for buying and deploying the storage system.

Applications will be accepted from September with funds being allocated on a first come, first served basis. Only storage projects combined with PV installations with a capacity of up to 20 kW will be entitled to have access to the program. The government of Lombardia stressed that it will select only electrochemical and mechanical storage technologies, and that the systems will have to be connected in accordance with the norm, CEI 0-21.

The region of Lombardia had implemented a similar program in 2016. This scheme, the regional government said, had a budget of €2 million and enabled the deployment of around 500 storage systems.

Italy has currently no national incentive scheme for solar storage. In June, however, the Italian energy agency Gestore dei Servizi Energetici published new technical rules for the integration of storage systems combined with solar and renewable energy power generators.

The new regulation includes, among other things, the elimination of the compulsory notice of start of works for installing a storage system, a simplified bureaucratic procedure for those PV system owners that want to take advantage of the “Ritiro dedicato”, a regulatory system that enables the sale of a PV system’s power output on the free market by the GSE.