Spain restricts support for PV

As the commercial law firm Rödl & Partner points out, the number of hours of production for which the increased tariff according to Royal Decree (RD) 661/2007 applies will also be capped for three years. Furthermore, an electricity transmission fee of 50 €-ct per MWh has been introduced, which has to be paid to the grid operators. In this way, the government wants to reduce the so-called tariff deficit in Spain by € 4.6 billion over the next three years.

The limit to the number of kWh for which the higher feed-in tariff is paid is determined by the location in one of the five zones that are defined in RD 315/2006, as well as by the type of installation (non-tracking, single-axis or two-axis tracking).

The limitation on the number of annual production hours for which RD 661/2007 applies is also determined by the type of installation. In the case of non-tracking installations, up to 1,250 h/a will be supported. For single-axis tracking systems, the corresponding figure is 1,644 h/a, and it is 1,707 h/a for two-axis tracking systems. The limitation will be in force from 1st January 2011 until 31st December 2013 and is independent of the system's location.

This means that the increased tariff according to RD 661/2007 will be paid only for the respective number of production hours, the law firm explains. The excess solar electricity will be purchased at the market price, but it is not clear when and on which market this purchase will take place.

The belated introduction of the cap is likely to annoy investors, says lawyer Georg Abegg of Rödl & Partner. He calls for a fast solution for the purchase of the excess solar electricity, which will no longer receive any support. Otherwise, lawsuits against the new regulation threaten.

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