Slovak Economy Ministry insists on regulating solar power plants

Projects of solar power plants in Slovakia will probably be more regulated than at present as the Economy Ministry does not want to give up its plan to revise the Energy Act, which is currently in parliament, the SITA newswired wrote.

Projects of solar power plants in Slovakia will probably be more regulated than at present as the Economy Ministry does not want to give up its plan to revise the Energy Act, which is currently in parliament, the SITA newswired wrote.

The ministry proposes that all proposed solar power facilities need a certificate of compliance of the investment project with long-term energy policy of the state from the Economy Ministry. This requirement would apply to all photovoltaic plants except for facilities installed on rooftops of buildings with a maximum capacity of 100 kW. So far, a positive opinion of the Economy Ministry and the transmission network operator has been necessary for energy facilities using renewable sources with installed capacity exceeding 1 MW.

The director of the Economy Ministry's Division for Energy, Ján Petrovič, told the parliamentary energy committee that the state does not want to ban the installation of solar power plants but must ensure the security of the electricity transmission network. He said that investors often avoided the duty to apply for the certificate required for installation of solar power plants with installed capacity over 1 MW by dividing their project into several smaller ones. Therefore, the ministry decided to propose tighter rules.

Power distribution companies welcome the draft amendment to the Energy Act. They consider it important to regulate also the construction of small solar power plant projects, as the applications for connection to the power grid are abundant and it may endanger the security of the distribution network.

The chairman of the energy committee, Stanislav Janiš of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) told the SITA newswire the draft amendment to the Energy Act lacks clear rules for awarding the licenses. The Slovak RE Agency, an organisation for renewable energy sources, claims that the draft revision to the law could stop all solar power projects. The organisation opposes the requirement that all solar power facilities need a certificate of compliance. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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