Softer ‘disruption’ plan rates expected for small-scale PVs

The energy ministry’s “disruption management” plan to be presented this week contains revisions to a previous model prepared by the pre-Syriza coalition that had been endorsed by the European Commission, including softer contribution demands from the renewable energy sources (RES) sector for the system compensating the industrial sector, according to energy press sources.

The latest version of the “disruption management” plan, to enable energy cost savings for major-scale industry in exchange for shifting energy usage to off-peak hours whenever required by IPTO, the power grid operator, is expected to demand reduced surcharge contributions from RES producers. An amount of far less than the 55 million euros originally calculated will be needed to support the plan.

As has been previously reported, the RES sector seems likely to be burdened most by the “disruption management” plan. The previous government’s model obligates PV producers to contribute 3.6 percent of their total turnover. Wind-energy enterprises would contribute 1.8 percent of their revenues, and small hydropower units 0.8 percent.

According to sources, PV sector contribution levies will be customized based on the IRR standings for each type of investment. Different rates are expected to apply for household PVs, systems with capacity of up to 100 KW, and ones with capacities of over 100 KW. The same sources said the levy for small-scale PV producers will not exceed one percent, while, for larger-scale PV investors, the rate will drop well below the 3.6 percent initially proposed.