The MPs overwhelmingly supported the changes to the act on renewable energy sources. They are to facilitate investment processes in renewable energy, as well as extend support systems for investors applying for public guarantees of energy sales.
The project was supported by 413 deputies until, three were against, abstained from voting nine.
The amendment to the act on renewable energy sources adopted by the government introduces a number of facilities in the process of investing in renewable energy. Here are the most important of them:
- Increasing the maximum power capacity of the sources classified as small RES installations from 0.5 MW to 1 MW. As a result, investors planning to start the production and sale of energy from installations of such capacity will not have to apply for a license. This will reduce the formalities related to the investment process, and at the same time relieve the employees of the Energy Regulatory Office.
- Allowing lease of land for photovoltaic investments from the resources of the National Agricultural Support Center without a tender – only to state-owned energy companies.
- Extension of the possibility to organize RES auctions by 2027. The Ministry of Climate is to define in the regulation the amount and value of energy that can be sold in auctions in the coming years.
- A change in the settlement of negative or positive balances, which will now be made not in 15-year but 3-year cycles.
- Extension of the support period until mid-2045, but not longer than 15 years from the moment of launching the installation: in the prosumer discount system, the mechanism of selling surplus energy from micro-installations owned by entrepreneurs, as well as in the auction and FiT / FiP systems.
- Exemption from the necessity to consider the conditions and directions of spatial development in the study and local spatial development plans for renewable sources with a capacity of up to 0.5 MW (increased from 0.1 MW). In the case of ground photovoltaic power plants built on land of the fifth and sixth classes, as well as on wastelands, this threshold will be raised to 1 MW. Moreover, there is an exemption for all rooftop PV power plants regardless of their capacity.
The amended joint will now go to the Senate.