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Italy: Conto Termico financed through Levy on Natural Gas Tariffs

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 21, 2012

Conto Termico, the national solar thermal subsidy scheme, is far behind expectations. By the end of 2014 ony around 2 % of the budget allocated by the government has been used up so far. The official figures by the programme´s administrator, Gestore dei Servizi Energetici, show a disappointing EUR 12.5 million in grants for solar water heating systems between the start of the programme in July 2013 and the beginning of December 2014. This is 54 % of the EUR 23.4 million which were spent on all technologies. The budget allocated in the first year amounted to EUR 900 million, of which EUR 200 million were reserved for public institutions and EUR 700 million for private entities.

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Country / region

Italy

Name of programme

Mechanism of Renewable Heating Systems and Energy Efficient Measures (small size) – “Conto termico”

Type of incentive

Rebate (a performance-based level of rebate could be implemented in 2016)

Eligible technologies

Solar hot water systems (also including solar process heat and solar district heating), solar space heating, solar cooling; also concentrating solar collectors are eligible

Applicable sectors

Public and private entities with existing buildings

Amount

Systems below 50 m²

Solar hot water and space heating 170 Euro/m² per year for two years

Solar cooling 255 EUR/m² per year for two years

Concentrating systems 221 EUR/m² per year for two years

Concentrating systems for solar cooling 306 EUR/m² per year for two years

Systems above 50 m²

Solar hot water and space heating 55 EUR/m² annually over five years

Solar cooling 83 kWh/m2 annually over five years

Concentrating systems 72 kWh/m2 annually over five years

Concentrating systems for solar cooling 100 kWh/m2 annually over five years

Maximum incentive

Solar heating and cooling installations are financed up to a maximum of 1,000 m² of gross collector area

Requirements for system

Collectors/systems certified with EN12975 or EN12976. Collectors must be certified also Solar Keymark.

Collectors must meet minimum values for their efficiency curves and systems must meet minimum values for their expected annual yield.

Requirements for installation

No

Finance provider

Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE):
www.gse.it/it/Conto%20Termico/Pages/default.aspx

Total funds

EUR 900 million, of which EUR 200 million are reserved for public institutions and EUR 700 million for private entities. When this amount is fully used,the available budget will be revised.

Funding source

Levy on natural gas tariffs

Effective date

January 2013

Expiration date

End of December 2015

Website

www.gse.it/it/Conto%20Termico/Pages/default.aspx

Last review of this tabloid

April 2015

Contact

Gestore dei Servizi Energetici GSE S.p.A.

Renewable department

Viale Maresciallo Pilsudski, 92 – 00197 Roma 

rinnovabili@gse.it

 

Effective Date: 
January 1, 2013
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