The Czech Republic has passed new legislation today that is intended to dampen the booming rate of PV installations in the country as fears mount about the impact rising electricity prices will have on the population. Information provided to PV-Tech by Jaroslav Dorda, President of SolarniNovinky a Czech-based PV dedicated website, highlights that the government has pulled all feed-in tariff rates for ground-mounted PV installations not currently interconnected to an electricity grid.
The amendment to the FiT will have to be approved by the Czech Parliament; however this is regarded by Dorda as a formality and will be passed in the next few days and become effective from March 1st, 2011.
Based on the amendment, the FiT will only be applied to rooftop and BIPV system installations. In addition, the new FiT scheme will not include off-grid PV systems or ground-mounted PV systems on brown-fields and industrial areas.