The 100 MW Kristal Solar Park will be the first ground mounted solar park built in the country since 2013. Belgium has so for implemented policies that have supported residential rooftop PV, and that only recently have helped increase the share of the commercial and industrial segments.
The energy minister of the Belgian French-speaking macro-region said that residential solar is now profitable without incentives in Belgium, and that no retroactive measures will be introduced.
As the government of Belgium’s French-speaking region has announced the possible closing of the incentive scheme Qualiwatt, claiming that self-consumption is now becoming more profitable, the region’s regulator CWaPE warns that the abrupt cancellation of the incentives may have a negative psychological effect.
The so-called “prosumer tax” was introduced in July 2015 and applies to residential PV systems not exceeding 10 kW installed under net metering.
European research group Solliance has announced new conversion efficiencies of 13.5% (cell) and 12.2% (module) for its perovskite based PV technology. The group states that the records were achieved in a factory setting, using an industrially scalable roll to roll process.
The Belgian research institute and the Japanese electronics group say they have developed a solid nanocomposite electrolyte with a lithium ion conductivity several times greater than in its liquid equivalent.
Because biomass is not performing as expected, the Belgian Flemish-speaking region has raised by one third its EU targets for solar and wind, and has improved investment conditions for commercial and industrial PV.
Under the Qualiwatt program, homeowners operating a rooftop PV system of up to 10 KW are entitled to have a deduction on their power bill that is proportionate to the household income.