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More than 200 applications per day for net-metering systems triggered, as reported by energypress, the turmoil caused in the market for early termination of the pv-stegi program, which is now timed for May 15.

It is noted that the relevant discussion, as energypress has written, has already started since the beginning of March with the political leadership of the Ministry of Environment, following the criticisms of the Commission on the issue, to express its intention to proceed to the closure of the subsidized program well before the deadline of June 30.

Finally, as the recent Ministerial Decision published in the Official Gazette on Monday 9 April indicates, the "end of the line" will finally and irrevocably fall on 15 May. In particular, the decision states the following for the "Photovoltaic Roof" programme: 'applications can be submitted by interested parties from the day the programme starts until 15 May 2024'. According to the bill under consultation, from the date of its entry into force, new residential systems will only be eligible for the net-metering scheme if they simultaneously apply for a subsidy from the pvstegi.

The bill is expected to enter into force within the month, "triggering" the above provision. Therefore, from the next day a domestic photovoltaic for which no subsidy is claimed will be subject to net-billing. Net-billing will become a one-way street for all households from 15 May, when the pvstegi is completed, as the "window" for net-metering and participation in the scheme will now be closed.

According to information from energypress, at the moment, the applications for net-metering systems pending at DEDDEO for connection to the grid are estimated at 22,000, of which 12,000 were made through the pvstegi programme and 10,000 without subsidy.

Market reactions

For its part, the market, as demonstrated in the recent announcement of the Association of Photovoltaic Companies, expresses serious objections to the treatment of the issue by the Ministry, stressing that "there is unnecessary disruption in the market".

In principle, the market appears agreeable to the transition to the new regime of net-billing, but points out the need for this to be organized and planned in order to avoid a "freeze" in the market and even for months, when a number of companies have also invested heavily in this market, especially in terms of small rooftop photovoltaics.