Administrative Burdens

Several European countries have already recognized the potential of solar energy and are implementing strategies to develop the market. Nevertheless, bureaucratic hurdles have made it difficult to maximize the exploitation of the sun as a source of electric energy. Permitting processes and grid connection procedures still require significant improvement in many European countries. As a result, planning, constructing and connecting a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to the grid can still take several years in Europe.

On 23 April 2009, a new Directive for the promotion of Renewable Energies (Directive 2009/28/EC) was adopted, setting binding renewable energy targets by 2020 for each Member State and including stronger provisions for the reduction and simplification of administrative barriers and access to the grid for renewable energy systems.

Nevertheless, against the demand of the RES Directive the legal, and despite the outcomes that resulted from the very successful PV LEGAL project, administrative and regulatory barriers still remain, so it is PV GRIDs main target to overcome them when developing a PV system.

The most common administrative burdens involve:

  • Barriers in permitting procedures
  • Barriers related to grid connection rules and technical standards
  • Barriers in grid connection procedures
  • Barriers related to grid capacity issues