New energy storage incentive program in Lombardia/Italy

8/21/17, 11:00 AM -

The Italian region of Lombardia launched a new incentive scheme for solar energy storage. Similar as in Germany it provides substantial rebates for purchasing and installing a system.

Varta Storage expects expanding business in Italy due to the new incentive program for energy storage in Lombardia.
Varta Storage expects expanding business in Italy due to the new incentive program for energy storage in Lombardia.

The program has a budget of €4 million and provides rebates of up to €3,000 that may cover up to 50% of the costs for buying and installing the energy storage system. Only energy storage projects combined with PV installations with a capacity of up to 20 kW will have access to the scheme.

Applications will be accepted starting September. The systems have to be connected according to the norm, CEI 0-21.The region of Lombardia had implemented a similar scheme in 2016. Italy has presently no national incentive scheme for solar energy storage.

Rising demand expected

“I can see parallels with Germany here, where the government subsidizes the purchase of a solar battery with up to 33% of the investment costs. The demand will rise in the future as a result”, Gordon Clements, General Managers of Varta Storage told pv Europe. “I expect other regions particularly in the north of Italy will follow suit as this is where the highest purchasing power lies”, he added.

Companies like Hanwha Q Cells see energy storage as driver for the PV market in Italy. (HCN)

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http://www.pveurope.eu/Products/Storage/Batteries/Varta-Pulse-A-new-wall-mounted-energy-storage-system

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Markets-Money/Solar-self-consumption-and-direct-marketing-gain-ground-in-Italy

http://www.pveurope.eu/News/Energy-Storage/Energy-storage-markets-in-Europe-BYD-focuses-on-Germany-France-Italy-and-the-UK