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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.

Italy: Round-table on Ways Out of Crisis

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 16, 2012

 Apartments in Soravia” On 28 June, Italy’s solar thermal association, Assolterm, organised a round-table discussion under the title "How will the solar thermal market look like in 2030? Action Plan, burden sharing and incentive mechanisms". Among the attendees were representatives of ministries, associations and research institutes. The debate, moderated by Maurizio Melis, journalist of Radio 24, focused on all the key issues of the Italian solar thermal market. Assolterm initiated the panel discussion in order to analyse the significant decline of the market in 2011. It reached only 273 MWth of newly installed capacity (390,000 m2) – a minus of 20 %.
Photo: Assolterm

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