The Italian solar manufacturer association Comitato Industrie Fotovoltaiche Italiane (IFI) has called on the Italian government to implement urgent measures to resuscitate the domestic PV industry.
In a toughly worded statement the IFI warned that the domestic industry has been operating at half capacity since August, when the fifth Conto Energia incentive programme came into effect.
The programme introduced new restrictions on PV projects and implemented additional cuts to feed-in tariffs (FITs). IFI predicted that changes to Italian PV incentives introduced through the fifth Conto Energia will ultimately cost the domestic PV manufacturing industry 2,000 skilled jobs.
The association said it wants the government to rethink the “excessive bureaucratic constraints” included in the fifth Conto Energia. It highlighted the clause requiring a six-month registry for PV systems over 12kW as being of particular concern
The IFI also blamed the dumping of Chinese PV products on the European market for the dire situation in Italy.