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Solar thermal plays minor role in Italy’s energy strategy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 15, 2017
SEN LogoSolar thermal had been mentioned in only five lines in the first draft of Italy’s National Energy Strategy in June 2017, before public consultation took place. The aim of the document has been to set objectives and provide scenarios for national energy supply and demand until 2030. The country’s Ministry of Economic Development, which developed the Strategia Energetica Nazionale (SEN), received more than 1,000 comments in June and September 2017 and published its final version on 10 November 2017 (find both documents attached). Though the strategy paper contains promising renewable and energy efficiency targets, solar thermal – and heating and cooling in general – will continue to play second fiddle to natural gas.

Italy: Plans to Simplify Conto Termico Administration

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 1, 2014
CMG SolariNearly two years after the start of Italian incentive programme Conto Termico, some difficulties still persist: There are currently around 7,000 applications for the programme, most of them for solar thermal systems, but this is a really small number compared to the funding available. Nevertheless, the constant pressure that the associations have put on decision-makers over almost the past two years seems to finally pay off.
Photo: CMG Solari

Italy: New Regulations for All Incentive Schemes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 30, 2014
The new Italian budget Law 147 from December 2013 also includes important chapters on renewable energy and energy efficiency regulations. The law extends both the 65% tax deduction for energy efficiency measures and the 50% tax deduction for building renovations until the end of 2014. From 2015 on, the deductible share of both schemes will gradually decrease to 36%. The law also anticipates the revision of the new incentive mechanism for renewable heating systems and energy efficiency measures (Conto Termico). In addition, energy authority GSE revised the implementation rules of the Conto Termico programme at the beginning of December 2013, but Italy’s associations complain that the new incentive scheme is still struggling to take off due to excess bureaucracy.

Italy: Choice between Three Different Incentives

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 20, 2013

At the beginning of August, Decree No. 63 of 2013 was turned into Law No. 90 of 2013. This new law implements Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings, making changes to the Legislative Decree No. 192/2005 which had replaced the previous directive on energy building performance (2002/91/EC). Attached you will find the text of the new law with terms in brackets and bold, which outline the changes introduced by the parliament to Decree No. 63.

Italy: Gradual Integration of Assolterm into Assotermica over Next 2-3 Years

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 2, 2013

An agreement between Assolterm and Assotermica – and the latter’s umbrella organisation A.N.I.M.A. was signed at the beginning of June in order to create a unique and well-known association over the next years which can suitably represent the solar thermal industry in Italy. The agreement includes a three-phase process during a period of 2 to 3 years, in which the two associations will gradually intensify their cooperation until Assolterm will be fully incorporated into Assotermica. The group Assolterm, which will be created within Assotermica, is intended to address the key issues, both political and technical, for promoting and developing solar thermal in Italy. The aim is to gradually convince all companies which manufacture solar thermal systems to be part of this group and, consequently, to enter into the great realm of Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industries). Still, the two associations will maintain their separate offices and operational facilities in Milan and Rome, as an important asset to come back to in the future.

Italy: New Mandatory Quality Standards Trouble Installers

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 29, 2013

On 24 January, the Conference of Italian Regions adopted the guideline [translated] ”Training standard for the installation and maintenance of renewable energy systems – in accordance with Legislative Decree 28/2011”. The guideline implements the requirements of article 15 of Law 28 with regard to qualification schemes for installers of renewable energy systems. Two Italian associations, the CNA (National Confederation of the Craft Sector and Small and Medium Enterprises) and the associations Confartigianato have sounded the alarm: if the regions do not implement installer training courses quickly, “many of the 57,000 renewable installers in the country will be out of work” after 1 August 2013.

Italy: Government Approves New Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 27, 2012

Market observers expect the new incentive mechanism for renewable heating systems and energy-efficient measures in Italy, to come into force at the beginning of January 2013. The three Ministries of Industry, Environment and Agriculture have only reached their agreement in November 2012. And the OK from the State-Regions Conference came in the middle of December. More than a year behind schedule, the implementation decree will soon be published in the Official Gazette. The decree introduces a subsidy scheme for renewable heating technologies pursuant to Article 28 of Legislative Decree 28/11, which requires the implementation of a feed-in tariff.

Italy: Conference Highlights Installers’ Key Qualification Issues

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 15, 2012

Held in Rome in September 2012, the conference “Qualification and Certification of Skills for Those Working in the Energy Sector” was the ideal platform to outline and debate which qualifications and certifications are necessary for installers of small-scale renewable energy systems, including solar thermal. The Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, ENEA, had organised the conference because time is running out: the implementation date is the 31 December of this year. By this date, the Italian regions must have launched “a training programme for installers of renewable energy systems” in accordance with Italian law no. 28, which was approved on 3 March 2011. Some sector players, however, have their doubts about whether the regions will be ready by then.

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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