Portugal announces distributed solar generation FIT of €95/MWh for 2018

The Portuguese government has announced the new FIT level for PV power generators installed under the country’s law, which regulates distributed generation, the Decreto-Lei n.º 153/2014.

In a document published in Portugal’s official journal, the government said the 2018 FIT for microgeneration PV systems (up to 250 kW) will be €95/MWh. This is the same FIT level it applied to both PV system typologies in the previous three years.

This tariff, the government stressed, is applied to all of the power produced by distributed generation PV systems.

On his twitter account, the Portuguese Energy Secretary, Jorge Seguro Sanches commented on the new tariffs for solar and renewable energy distributed generation by saying that they will provide stability to investments in the renewable energy sector, especially for small generation projects, while preventing increasing costs for renewable energy subsidies.

According to the latest statistics published by the Portuguese Directorate General for Energy and Geology (DGEG), of the country’s registered PV capacity, which at the end of October was 478 MW, approximately 101.1 MW comprise microgeneration PV systems, while another 72.5 MW come from mini-generation PV systems (between 250 kW and 368 kW).

Most of this capacity, however, was registered between 2010 and 2014. Since 2015, both segments registered a combined growth of only around 12 MW.