CNE, Spain’s energy sector regulator, has suspended feed-in tariff (FiT) subsidies for 350 installations after it emerged they were providing fraudulent electricity production figures, reports Reuters.
Out of Spain’s 55,000 registered PV systems, as many as 9,000 may be guilty of making false electricity generation claims, according to the country’s solar association, APPA. To date, only 350 have had their subsidies actually cut, although with 7,200 suspected plants still to be investigated, more may follow.
APPA believe it is likely the systems in question were either not properly registered or not finished on the scheduled completion date. However, the association also outlined that in certain cases the fault may lie with the electricity operator and not the plant itself. To avoid prosecution, the 350 plants will need to provide evidence that they were in fact operational on the completion date they originally provided.
In January 2009, Spain drafted a bill to help prevent solar fraud after the CNE had discovered that some plants were receiving subsidies without actually generating any power.