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PV Legal publishes recommendations for removing barriers to successful PV deployment | Europe

PV Legal publishes recommendations for removing barriers to successful PV deployment

Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, but bureaucratic hurdles continue to make it impossible to fully exploit the sun's potential as a source of energy. In a new publication, the European PV LEGAL project makes concrete recommendations for reducing administrative barriers to the planning and installation of PV systems and helping to spur more development of this safe, clean and infinitely renewable energy source.

"Many countries around the world recognise the potential of solar energy and are implementing strategies to develop the market," said Marie Latour, National Policy Advisor for the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, a partner in the PV LEGAL project. "But in many EU countries, administrative processes and permitting procedures still require significant improvement. As a result, planning and connecting a solar PV system to the grid can still take several years in Europe."

PV LEGAL's new publication, "Key Recommendations", proposes and defines ways to remove or simplify permitting procedures and grid connection of PV systems.

"Only by removing administrative barriers can solar PV achieve its full potential and become competitive in the energy market," said Thomas Chrometzka of BSW-Solar (the German Solar Industry Association), coordinator of the project. "By identifying the main bureaucratic hurdles to the successful deployment of PV and formulating concrete recommendations to remove them, PV LEGAL provides a comprehensive set of solutions to improve legal and administrative frameworks."

The EU's Directive for the promotion of Renewable Energies sets binding renewable energy targets by 2020 for each Member State and includes strong provisions for the reduction and simplification of administrative barriers and access to the grid for renewable energy systems. By full implementation of the Directive, many of the barriers identified by the PV LEGAL consortium could be resolved.

The main barriers identified by the PV LEGAL consortium include: permitting procedures; grid connection rules and technical standards; grid connection procedures; and grid capacity issues. For each barrier, the PV LEGAL report makes concrete recommendations for streamlining and improving procedures and for taking PV into account.

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Posted by Gloria Llopis | 2011-09-21