Energy Saving and Efficiency

   3 September 2018

Coming soon a new renewable energy decree….

In the first few weeks of October 2018 the publication of the new renewable energy decree will be published, which will include a series of incentives dedicated to the construction of plants for the production of electricity from renewable sources. It will be a very important step to support the growth of an increasingly convenient sector. The new incentives on photovoltaics will cover the three-year period 2018-2020. The decree issued by the previous Government has not yet completed its legislative process but, as confirmed by the current Undersecretary for Economic Development Davide Crippa, it will be enough to wait until the end of the summer and the first weeks of autumn for the publication of the provision.

So, in a few weeks, we’ll know more. New photovoltaic incentives will have access to the following types of systems:

  • New construction plants (or fully rebuilt and reactivated) with power less than 1 MW     
  • Installations that have undergone an upgrading intervention if the difference between the value of the new installed power compared to the installed power previously the intervention is less than 1 MW     
  • Plants subject to reconstruction and equipped with power less than 1 MW It should also be noted that plants with higher power access incentives through participation in competitive procedures of downward auctions that will define the real level of incentive.

It should be noted that there will be the introduction of technologically neutral tenders with different renewable sources that will have to face the same installed power contingents. The new decree will go exclusively to the most advanced renewable sources, both from a commercial and a technological point of view. The incentives will include photovoltaic and offshore wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and gas-filled systems for landfills and gases left over from purification processes. Other sources will be included in a subsequent decree. The first call for tenders and registration procedures should be published on November 30th. In all, the GSE should publish seven calls. After November this year, the March, July and November calls for 2019 and 2020 should follow.