RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, is nearing the launch of the first stage of an online system appraising RES production license applications lodged up to June, 2018.
This step represents the first of three stages towards the establishment of a fully developed online platform for license application appraisals.
Applications grouped into the first category (dated up to June, 2018) will be appraised on the basis of an older regulation awarding production licenses, not producer certificates as foreseen by a new law ratified to help simplify RES licensing procedures.
This dividing line has been drawn to keep conditions fair for all as applicants as appraisals of license applications lodged up to June, 2018 had already commenced prior to the new law’s introduction.
The online tool’s imminent first step will offer a basic version of a system that will be upgraded into a more sophisticated tool for appraisals of a second group of applications submitted between September, 2018 and December, 2019.
Applications grouped into this second category will be appraised in accordance with new and simpler rules offering producer certificates via an instant – if all requirements are met – online process.
Overall, the task of examining all older RES license applications (first and second category) is challenging as 1,750 applications with a total capacity of 29 GW will need to be appraised by September, when a new round of applications is set to commence under the new system.
A third stage of the online tool will be developed at a latter date for a fully developed online RES registry offering automatic processing of newer applications and issuance of producer certificates.