The Italian Ministry of Industry and Economy (MISE) has published the final version of the country’s new national energy strategy to support PV without incentives.
The document says that even without incentives, 1GW of solar PV will be added each year in Italy.
Although the implementation method of the strategy is not identified, the document stresses the importance of energy independence through gas generation and renewable energy generation. The government acknowledges that the renewables industry could help Italy’s economic recovery.
In order to support PV the new strategy will simplify the administrative process to install PV systems. This includes providing fiscal breaks for PV projects related to the energy efficiency programme, improvements to the net metering scheme with lower network costs for PV system owners and a plan to spur PV distributed generation and self consumption.
However, from 1 January this year, the Italian government limited the net metering scheme to PV systems no greater than 200kW.
MISE expects renewables to account for around 35-38% of Italy’s energy consumption (compared to 23% in 2010).
These proposals confirm the government’s intentions to stop PV subsidies completely when the Conto Energia V programme hits its cap of €6.7 billion (US$8.7 billion).
The document will be open for discussion for one year between the Italian energy industry, including PV associations, and government departments.