A proposed feed-in tariff (FiT) that narrowly made it through Poland’s parliament is likely to be rejected by the Senate, according to the president of the Polish Society for Photovoltaics.

Dr Stanislaw Pietruszko, who is also coordinator of the PV Centre at the Warsaw University of Technology, said the parliamentary approval was a hollow victory with the Senate unlikely to offer its support.

“This amendment was only passed by two votes in the parliament. Now it goes to the senate where 61 of the 100 senators are from the ruling Civic Platform party,” he told PV Tech. Pietruszko did point out that there remained the outside chance that the country's president could intervene on the amendment once the legislation it was attached to is passed to him.

Solar systems up to 3kW would receive a guaranteed price of 0.75 zloty/kWh (US$0.20/kWh). PV installs between 3-10kW would get 0.65 zloty/kWh (US$0.17/kWh).

Pietruszko said the rates on offer were comparable with electricity prices and had been broadly well received. He also believed a future proposal could emerge based on the seemingly doomed amendment.

“It is important at least that the idea of a feed-in tariff has been passed and we can use that as we continue fighting for a FiT,” he said.

Pietruszko was more optimistic about a scheme run by the government’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management. It offers a 40% subsidy on the cost of a PV installation when purchased with its 15-year, 1% interest loan.