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REPRESENTATIVES of the Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry (SAPI) have filed a complaint with the General Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the latest directive of the Office for Regulation of Network Industries (ÚRSO), the SITA newswire reported on July 30.

REPRESENTATIVES of the Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry (SAPI) have filed a complaint with the General Prosecutor’s Office to investigate the latest directive of the Office for Regulation of Network Industries (ÚRSO), the SITA newswire reported on July 30.

SAPI objects to the new fee for electric energy sources plugging into the distribution network. The fee, called G-component, should be effective as of January 2014, and it should amount to €0.50 for every produced megawatt hour on the level of the biggest distribution network. On lower levels it should reach €20 per megawatt hour. SAPI called it a fatal blow for photovoltaic power plants, SITA wrote, as it would discriminate against local producers.

“Foreign producers who will produce and import electricity cheaper, will have an advantage,” SAPI Executive Director Veronika Galeková said as quoted by SITA. “Just like in the case of food, also in the area of energy Slovakia will belong among countries depending on imports, which means that [the G-component] is against the state’s interests.”

SAPI also complains that the measure is retroactive and there were no reasons for it to be taken into a fast-tracked legislative procedure.

“We are ready to take all legal steps to prevent this discriminating measure and to defend the interests of photovoltaic energy producers, be it bigger companies but also citizens who want to have their own electricity source and want to be energy self-sufficient,” Galeková said.

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