Italia Solare: "Satisfied with the amendments to the Energy Decree that accelerate PV installations"

Today, Tuesday 12 April, the House of Representatives it should vote trust on the consolidated text of the Energy Decree (Decree-Law No. 17 of March 1, 2022) prepared by the Industry and Environment Commissions.

In the text there are important innovations introduced to accelerate photovoltaic installations. Examples are some amendments such as the Solar Belt, which provides for simplified authorization procedures, and the Direct line, which simplifies self-consumption. Solar Italy expresses great satisfaction and appreciation for the approval of these rules, considered in line with its proposals.

Paolo Rocco Viscontini, president of Italia Solare, commented: «This is a very important step forward towards reducing bills and energy dependence from abroad. As well as obviously to finally start with a real and promising plan to reduce climate-altering emissions ».

With the rule of Solar Belt the areas, including agricultural areas, adjacent (within 300 meters) to the centers of energy consumption for productive use, such as industrial plants and areas for industrial and artisanal use, are immediately declared suitable for the installation of photovoltaic systems, as long as there are no cultural constraints and commercial. On these areas it will be sufficient to file a simple sworn declaration of commencement of works (Dila) to the Municipality to install plants up to 1 MWp. Remaining within the limit of 3 km from the production areas, the power that can be installed with PAS and exemption from screening in the absence of restrictions rises to 20 MWp. Provided that the installation is in agrivoltaic mode. For larger plants, the Single Authorization will be required.

This rule appears to be particularly useful for encouraging the construction of self-consumption plants at the service of companies, allowing them to have energy at low and non-volatile costs.

The areas adjacent to the motorway network and sites that are available to the railway infrastructure managers and motorway concession companies are also immediately declared suitable.

The use of the PAS is also extended to authorize photovoltaic systems up to 20 MWp on recovered industrial land, quarries and landfills that connect to the grid even at high voltage. Previously there was the only reference to the medium voltage which in fact limited the PAS to 10 MWp. In addition, the exemption from the verification of subjectability to environmental impact assessment has been introduced for plants up to 20 MWp. These, however, must not fall into environmentally sensitive areas.

"The availability of these areas for photovoltaics", adds Rocco Viscontini, "can produce an acceleration of the process of spreading renewable energy communities".

The norm that allows theself-consumption with connection via private power line up to 10 km long ("Direct line"). Provided it takes place on areas available to the companies themselves. The construction of self-consumption plants via a private electricity line appears to be particularly interesting for energy-intensive companies. In fact, these will be able to save considerably not only in terms of the energy share but also due to the fact that they do not have to use energy transport and dispatching services for self-consumed energy.

"We thank the parliamentarians who have translated some of our proposals into law", concludes Rocco Viscontini.

“We hope that the rules will be confirmed by Parliament, also by verifying the consistency between all the amendments approved. The association believes it is useful for the Government to now monitor the concrete application of these and other regulations introduced in support of renewables. We also ask for the rapid issue of the implementing measures of the legislative decrees on renewable sources and on the electricity market. Finally, we ask for the activation of a monitoring of the effects of all the provisions relating to renewable sources. In this way it is possible to identify any critical issues or needs for further interventions ".

Source Italia Solare