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Regulator files criminal complaint over photovoltaic power plants

Slovakia’s Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) has filed a criminal complaint in connection with speculation of fraud concerning photovoltaic power plants connected to the country’s electricity grid, the SITA newswire reported. The documents were filed on August 3 with the General Prosecutor's Office.

Slovakia’s Regulatory Office for Network Industries (ÚRSO) has filed a criminal complaint in connection with speculation of fraud concerning photovoltaic power plants connected to the country’s electricity grid, the SITA newswire reported. The documents were filed on August 3 with the General Prosecutor's Office.

ÚRSO asked the prosecutor’s office to examine the actions of regional construction offices that issued and validated final approvals for photovoltaic power plants without the required documents as well as whether corrupt behaviour occurred by other parties involved in issuing documents required for operation these plants.

ÚRSO reported last week that it had inspected almost 400 companies operating photovoltaic power plants and that it had identified problems with about ten percent of the companies.

"We found several flaws during the inspections. What is bewildering is the fact that the companies inspected received their final commissioning approvals and went through all tests and in spite of this, their power generation facilities were not yet completed. They were unable to generate the declared amount of electricity as specific output of the panels was not installed," ÚRSO head Jozef Holjenčík stated. The regulator also discovered administrative flaws, such as some missing documents even though the plant was declared operational.

The Economy Ministry also said it will file a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator. Economy Minister Juraj Miškov suspects that some solar power plants could have been connected to the grid in violation of the criteria of the law in order to benefit from generous feed-in tariffs. The State Energy Inspection is also examining the situation. The Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry sharply denounced the practices of some individuals.

Source: SITA

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