A framework for the development of floating solar farms has been included in a RES licensing simplification and energy storage draft bill forwarded for consultation yesterday by the energy ministry.
According to the draft bill, new rules will enable the spatial planning, licensing, installation and operation of up to ten floating solar farms, to be introduced as pilot projects.
The first wave of floating solar farms will offer investors a series of exemptions, sparing them of the need for producer certificates, environmental permits and building permits.
Also, these early floating solar farms will be able to secure finalized connection offers without licensing requirements.
Investors, directly or indirectly, will be able to hold interests in contracts for up to two floating solar farms, according to the draft bill.
Installation and operation of floating solar farms will be incorporated into one license for 22-year periods.