News about the Italian solar market has been coming thick and fast since the start of the year. Following on from the reports that the grid-network authority, GSE, did not want to open a register for free-standing photovoltaic systems in the second half of 2012, the second shock came in the form of Legislative-Decree (DL) No 1/2012. This lays down the removal of any government funding for photovoltaic systems on agricultural land – and with retrospective effect.
With the solar thermal market the situation is uncertain as well. For months the sector has been waiting for the decree on feed-in tariff mechanisms for renewable heating. The Environment Ministry has recently announced that the “Fondo rotativo per Kyoto” – a facilitated public financing - will be activated in March, after four years of waiting.
In this context, the international solar conference Conferenza dell’Industria Solare – Italia 2012 (CIS-IT 2012) which will take place in Rome on 23-24 February, represents a good opportunity to get informed on latest developments and future perspectives of the solar market.