Flemish Government believes that she can conjure PV sector protests against drastic unexpected decline in support for solar panels The Flemish Government decided recently to once again unexpectedly and without consultation drastically cut in support for solar panels. The PV sector is the water to the lips and this decision pushes the sector under.
PV sector is in crisis
After the previous unexpected cut in the subsidy by removing the tax credit for solar panels in november 2011, this is yet another additional reduction in aid. And while the sector of solar panels a drastic decline of the number of inquiries and installations. The confidence of individuals and companies that may still consider investing in solar energy gets a serious dent. The water sector is already on the lips, this is the push that submerged thousands of installers do go."A stable and trustworthy policy is needed to us a few years the necessary boost to give up no more funding we need," says Alex Polfliet, chairman of PV-Flanders. "The unexpected further decline in support for PV comes as a shock: all the signals we received were of an informal adjustment on January 1, 2013, and no additional cut this year." We are for a gradual decline, but now the Flemish government pushes us down the stairs. "
Flemish Government believes that she can conjure
In the reform of the green energy policy attracts the Flemish Government's ambitions for green electricity to 20.5%, but she wants to do without PV - because with such a low PV support falls silent.While solar panels just the only technology that is still largely grown and easily achievable for individuals and businesses.Moreover, the Flemish Government claims that the payback for a photovoltaic system with a low charge of 90 euros per certificate and an additional "tax" of injection (capacity charge) still remains under 10 years - which is absolutely not true.Such injection rate is a retrospective measure and therefore affects all owners of existing PV systems.
PV sector called for an immediate consultation
It is not the first time that the Flemish government decided first and then consult with the sector. This has in previous amendments even before frustrations in the PV sector provided. Therefore requires the sector as a major employer (6000 jobs) immediately consult with the Flemish government and a suspension of the decision."We can only accept a properly substantiated adjustments as of January 1, 2013, and there is consultation with the sector is essential," says Herman Daniels, vice president of PV-Flanders. "We want a constructive dialogue to demonstrate that solar panels are essential in achieving the objective of green power and numerous economic benefits."
Green stimulus plan: choose for solar energy
European leaders have already recognized that without saving to stimulate growth is a dead end for the economic revival. The green energy sector offers great opportunities for sustainable economic growth, and also helps families and businesses to increase their energy bill back to demean themselves by producing their own solar panels on the roof.With the sudden and rapid cut in subsidies, the Flemish government, the reverse: they strengthen further the crisis in the sector, causing unemployment in the green economy and building and prevents any further investments in solar energy by its citizens and businesses.
Solar panels: indispensable contribution to the growth of green power
With the current installed capacity of 2 million kilowatts of solar panels annually provides for 1.7 billion kilowatt hours of green power. That year more than 4% of the Flemish electricity to the distribution. On sunny days solar power even 20% of consumption and production decreases the current price on the stock by 20%. This is a direct benefit to the generators and large industrial companies that sell electricity on the market at lower price to purchase.By 2020, 13% of all energy in Belgium come from renewable sources, according to the statutory objective of the European Commission. In order to get to than 20% of the electricity green. This is only possible with good mix of all renewable energy in which solar panels should have an important role. A further ambitious growth of photovoltaic systems is essential to our goals.
Solar own roof in the future cheaper than electricity purchases
Experts expect that by 2017 solar power in Belgium can compete with the purchase of "classical" current. Solar panels in the medium term a default investment, just like a bathroom - with the difference that the cost of solar panels is recouped by the savings on the purchase invoice of electricity.