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Italy is a country in which exposure to sunlight has a significant impact on the production of power. The International Energy Agency has estimated that 45% of the country’s energy requirement might be covered by solar energy.
A huge source of wealth, all there for us to make use of, and a dramatic reduction in CO2 emissions which are currently caused by the use of fossil fuels as our main energy source.

The Italian Government decided therefore to boost photovoltaic energy production through its Conto Energia bonus scheme, whereby people who have a photovoltaic plant receive bonuses in return for the energy they produce.

As well as being a supplier and installer of photovoltaic plants, Cienne’s staff can provide any financial or administrative information or advice on how to buy and operate the plant.

The process begins with a preliminary survey of the site (potential, surface, exposure) and includes the supply and installation of the photovoltaic plant.

We offer our experience for advice on investment plans and loans.

We personally take care of the procedures for compliance of the plant with Enel and GSE, to receive subsidies under the Conto Energia scheme.

1) What is “ Conto energia”?

Conto Energia 2007 was established by a Decree  of19th February, published in the OJ no. 45 on 23rd February 2007, laying down criteria and methods to boost the production of power through the photovoltaic conversion of solar sources.

This Deed deregulated an area that so far had been the preserve of the large-scale electricity providers and boosted micro-generation even for small-scale users.

2) Who is the Decree targeted to?

Natural persons – Private citizens
Legal persons – Businesses
Public organisations – Municipalities, Provincial bodies, Schools, etc
Apartment owners

3) What power is eligible for the subsidy?

>1 kWp
There is no higher limit for the plants’ power

4) What photovoltaic plants are eligible for the subsidies under the Conto Energia scheme?

The Decree lists 3 types of plants:
a) Non-integrated photovoltaic plants
b) Partly-integrated photovoltaic plant
c) Architecturally-integrated photovoltaic plant

5) Are plants not connected to the national power grid eligible for such subsidies?

No. A future Decree will set forth the criteria for subsidising those photovoltaic plant that are not connected to the electric grid or that are connected to small isolated grids.

6) What should I do to be eligible for such subsidies?

To be eligible for the subsidies, the plant must be made in accordance with the Decree, and full documentation must be sent to the electricity providers (ENEL) (GSE) within the deadlines and in the ways prescribed by the regulations.

7) What is the “net metering”?

For 1 to 20 kWp plants, you can opt for the net metering system or supply the energy you produce to the grid.

The net metering system consists in a trade-off with the local grid:
- during the day: you use the energy produced by the photovoltaic plant.
- at night or when light is poor: you take your energy from the grid.

8)What authorisations do I need to build a plant?

Such authorisations depend on the plant’s power, the environmental features and any planning restrictions on the site of installation.

9) The new rates: for what plants and until when?

They apply to plants that have been started up from after the issue of the AEEG resolution to 31st December 2008.

The subsidised rate is given for 20 years and will not change, so it is not dependent on the inflation rate.

10) How much are the new rates in force until December 2008? (Inserire tabella 19)

11) What rates will be enforced from January 1st 2009 to December 31st 2010?
They will be reduced by 2% a year after 2008. They will still be applicable for 20 years and will not change, so they will not be dependent on the inflation rate.

12) What will be the new rates from January 1st 2009 to December 31st 2010?
(Inserire tabella 21)

13) How will the rates change after December 31st 2010?
As from 2009, new decrees will be issued every 2 years to revise such rates. If they are not issued, the rates in force in 2010 will still apply, until a new decree is issued.


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