Italy Announces Feed-In Tariff Reductions, But No Solar Market Cap

Representatives from Italy's Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Economic Development have reached an agreement with Gruppo Imprese Fotovoltaiche Italiane (GIFI), the country's PV industry association, to adjust solar feed-in tariff (FIT) rates under its energy law.

FIT reductions will be put in place beginning in June, according to a report from EuPD Research. However, a comprehensive market cap, which had previously been demanded by the ministries, is now off the table.

‘Making adjustments to funding is the right step,’ says Markus A.W. Hoehner, CEO of EuPD Research. ‘Prices in the small rooftop system segment in Italy are, on average, 4,300 euros and peak at 6,000 euros. These prices are much higher than those in other European countries such as Germany, Spain or France.’

EuPD Research notes that in addition to the 3.7 GW of PV capacity already connected to the grid in Italy, 3.8 GW currently awaits interconnection, according to data from electricity provider GSE.

The scope of the FIT reductions has not yet been determined. Additional talks are expected to take place next month.

SOURCE: EuPD Research

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