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Self-Consumption Solar approved in Portugal

Portugal´s Government approves new rules

for energy produced for own consumption

Original report by TPN/Lusa reproduced from The Portugal NEWS Online 08-09-2014

Portugal’s government has now confirmed the approval of a new legal framework for the production of electricity by individuals and companies for their own consumption since July 2013, and its sale to the national grid, with the aim of making the process less bureaucratic, providing incentives for more efficient use of energy, and reducing subsidies.

Auto-consumo Accouncement

At a news conference after the day’s cabinet meeting the environment minister, Jorge Moreira da Silva, explained that while existing rules already allowed small-scale production, all electricity so produced must be injected into the network at subsidised prices.

According to the minister, the new legislation, as well as “maintaining the possibility of the existence of small production for injection into the network subject to a tariff defined in auction”, also paves the way for “a new option of energy production in Portugal:  self-consumption.”

In this way, people “will be able to produce electricity at home, not to inject into the network, but for their own consumption.”

Henceforth, electricity injected into the network will be sold at a price 10% below that of the market, which should mean that individuals “re-scale [their] photovoltaic panels for real consumption needs and not for injection in the network, [so] reliving other consumers of the costs.” The new rules, he said, thus provide a “clear incentive” for greater efficiency.

The minister also stressed what he said was the “enormous simplification of procedures” for the installation of panels. In the case of potential of up to 1.5kW – or about six photovoltaic panels – it will only be necessary to inform the authorities of their installation; only from 1MW – or more than 4,000 panels – would a production licence be needed.

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