liberalization of photovoltaics


Photovoltaic systems are only allowed on the roofs of South Tyrol. For years, state politics followed a restrictive course in this regard. However, high energy prices and a commitment to sustainability seem to trigger a rethink. Regional Planning Minister Maria Hochgruber Kuenzer (SVP) Now liberalization has been announced for solar energy. The decision on this has already been taken by the state government and it should be approved by October 25 be adopted.

This means that we will have to install twice as much in the next few years to reach the target as we have done in recent years.

This means photovoltaic systems could in the future be installed in balconies, car parking spaces, bike stations, bus stops and accessory areas as well – without requiring a permit. In addition, solar cells are to be allowed in historic city centers as well. However, this still requires a positive opinion from the City Commission on Space and Landscape. Photovoltaics are restricted only in certain areas: on churches, chapels, palaces, palaces and buildings with shingle roofs and thatched roofs;

“In the spirit of the energy transition, we will allow photovoltaics everywhere where there are already buildings. In contrast to the current situation, the system may even have 10 percent growth in the future.”Hochgruber explains to the Kuenzer daily newspaper dolomites,

wolfram sparber, Head of the Eurek Institute for Renewable EnergyWelcomes the liberalization announced for photovoltaics. However, the expected growth in solar energy will happen only when the legal framework for it is clear and simple. “The advantage of this technology lies in its simplicity”, Sparber said. Compared to wind power, photovoltaic systems are not moving objects and are easier to use when fitted with power cables.

According to Sparber, the draft proposal on solar power should avoid transferring work to municipalities.

Photovoltaic and monument protection

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According to Kuenger, it is required for listed buildings. a report from the memorial office, relevant resolution from Member of Parliament for the Freedom Party, Andreas Head Reber, was adopted in the state parliament on Friday last week. Since there is often only one building on a building plot under monument protection, outbuildings or garages, stables or barns are preferable for facilities. standing in south tyro about 5,000 buildings under monument protection

Maria Hochgruber Kuenzer: “In terms of the energy transition, we will allow photovoltaics everywhere where there is already stock building up.” (Photo:

Eurek Research has already dealt with photovoltaics in listed buildings research project dealt with. According to Sparber, the draft proposal on solar power should avoid transferring work to municipalities. “There is a risk that the municipality will be overwhelmed and overwhelmed by inquiries about listed buildings”‘ Sparber said.

For this reason, Switzerland has drawn up a list of criteria for the use of photovoltaics in listed buildings. “This way, applicants can use the criteria as a guide and the chances of the application being approved are higher”, Sparber explains. At the same time, fewer inquiries will be presented because the criteria exclude certain uses from the start.

investment pays off

“Solar module prices have declined in recent years. For an average household consuming 2,700 kWh of electricity per year, an investment of 3,000 to 5,000 euros is required in a system.”, explains energy experts. However, the question also arises as to how to use the generated electricity. It depends, for example, whether the stove works with gas or electricity or whether to charge an electric car.

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Wolfram Sparber: “What do we want? Do we want to achieve the goal?” (Photo: Eurek Research)

If solar modules are integrated into the roof for aesthetic reasons and differ in color, the cost is higher. A photovoltaic system can now replace a roof and is also available in matte black, green, grey, reddish or white.

There will be no state subsidy for solar power, as the investment will pay off through electricity put into the grid after seven to eight years. Wolfram Sparber of Eurek Research agrees. In this context, State Councilor Kuenzer also mentions state funding. energy community, Cooperatively organized energy communities can produce and consume electricity together.

ambitious target

by the year 2030, so in eight years South Tyrol wants according to the new climate plan Generate much more electricity from solar power than today, with an output of 260 MW. According to the new climate plan, it is around 400 MW. “This means we will have to set twice as much in the next few years as we have done in recent years to reach the target”Sparber from Eurek explains. “Expectations are high in climate planning.” By the year 2037, South Tyrolean photovoltaic generation is to be increased to 400 MW.

Will there be an increase in solar power in South Tyrol as a result of legal liberalization? Eurek’s Wolfram Sparber cannot answer this question. “What do we want? Do we want to achieve goals?, he asks in relation to the first part of the climate plan presented in September. The use of solar energy will not only benefit the climate, but also BusinessAs the installation and maintenance of photovoltaic systems works for craft businesses.

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