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Italy passes feed-in tariff extension

Italy has passed Conto Energia IV under which current renewable energy tariffs will be reduced on a monthly basis until the end of 2012, effective from 1 June 2011.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

The tariff classifies solar photovoltaic rooftop systems up to 1000 kW as ‘small’, whereas the boundary for open space systems will be 200 kW, EuPD Research reports.

The Italian Government is also introducing a €580 million funding gap for large systems until the end of 2012, which with current prices, would mean 2.69 GW.

Furthermore, system operators will receive a 5% bonus on their tariff when at least 60% of the investment costs (excluding installation), are sourced from the EU.

Italy is also attempting to secure grid access for solar PV with net operators having a 30-days deadline to connect finished solar PV systems to the grid.

From 2012, there will be half year degressions of the solar PV tariffs, but an increase is expected in 2013 when an increase between 5 and 10 cents across the tariff is planned.

In the period 2013 to 2016 a further €1.361 billion will be made available for all solar PV system sizes – or 9.77 GW under current pricing conditions. However, from then on, other funding such as tax breaks and investment subsidies are to be abolished.

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