Portugal’s state secretary for energy, João Galamba, has used Twitter to proclaim new rules for renewable energy self-consumption, energy storage and energy societies which were issued by the government today.
The Portuguese government stated the Decreto-Lei 162/2019 legislation will improve self-consumption rules issued in 2014 by providing a flawless and more favorable framework for the disposition of small and middle-sized renewables plans.
The new guidelines, which will come into force on January 1, are predicted to immediately spur development of self-consumption plans with the first installations driven by the alteration possibly finalized next year, the government stated.
The new supplies establish that excess power can be sold to the spot market or through two-sided power purchase agreements. The changes also shorten the authorization approval process for residential PV and increase the size limit for that category of the fitting, from 1.5 kW of production capacity to 30 kW.
The provisions also offer a legislative framework for energy societies for the first time. Under the present regime, PV system owners were only permitted to power a single consumption unit. The new instructions instead enable homeowners and businesses willing to become prosumers to combine their efforts in collective projects and share production units.
The legislation, the government stated, is aimed at helping the country grasp its renewable energy target. As of the end of 2018, only 670 MW of solar capacity had been organized in sunny Portugal, rendering to the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Solar is expected to play an important role in the Portuguese government’s new energy strategy, which includes goals of providing 80% of the country’s power need from renewables by 2030 and electrifying 65% of the economy by 2050.