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Italy: Different Ways to Gain Qualified Installers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 28, 2014
Improving the qualification of installers is a target which has been a hot topic around Italy for five years now. All stakeholders in the business agree on the objective of plumber qualification, but there are very different opinions inside and outside of the industry on how to go about it. The government is constantly modifying the legislative framework with often confusing results for the installers. The associations criticise the legislation as inadequate and accept their crucial role in designing and organising voluntary training courses in cooperation with regional training bodies.

Italy: 55 % Tax Deductions until 30 June 2013

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 14, 2012

The latest amendments to Italy’s tax deduction policies resulted in good - and bad - news. According to the “Decree on Growth”, which became effective on 25 July 2012, the 55 % tax deductions will stay unchanged for another six months, until 30 June 2013. Originally, the tax reductions were to expire on 31 December 2012, with the Decree on Growth draft reducing the percentage to 50 %. So far, so good! But, Italy’s solar thermal industry association Assolterm also had some other requests – which were not met.

Italy: Solar Energy Cheapest Energy-saving Measure in Tax Deduction Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 13, 2012

ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, has recently published its fourth study analysing the effect of the 55 % tax deductions from 2010. According to these annual studies, the total investment in solar thermal systems under the tax deduction scheme more than tripled between 2007 and 2010, reaching EUR 194 million in 2010. The average cost of saving 1 MWh by a solar water heater was at EUR 69 (see the chart above), which was 2010 the best cost-benefit ratio in terms of fossil fuel savings.

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