The Spanish Photovoltaic Union (UNEF) and its president Jorge Barredo, call for the Government, in a press release, to focus on solving the complex situation of the energy sector and avoid internal confrontations in the political sphere that only increase uncertainty and climate of legal insecurity in the sector.”
Ontheotherhand,regardingthepossibletaxthat would levy with special rates renewable energy particularly and that has triggered the confrontation between the two Ministers, the president of UNEF states that “No fee may be discriminatory by differently taxing the same taxable event, namely electricity generation, even if it is produced with different technologies. It must safeguard the reasonable return and take into account the ability to pay. Applying a 19% tax to photovoltaic infringes this principle, it makes it confiscatory and, combined with the RD-L 14/10, condemns the sector to insolvency. ”
Apparently, the only solution to the tariff deficit is to further cut renewable premiums, retroactively limiting the production hours to solar energy and charging a 19% rate on their production, with the sole argument that solar projects can not exceed a reasonable minimum return, while the expected impact on ordinary generation could be much smaller, with no considerations in this case to the same mentioned arguments of the reasonable return and of course of the discriminatory effect.
The Spanish PV sector ranks fifth worldwide, with 4.270MW of installed power representing 4% of the total installed capacity in Spain as of April 2012. In the first 2012 half, photovoltaic production amounted to 4.7 million MWh, covering 3.4% of the national demand. During 2011, investments amounted around 1,408 million euros.
TheSpanishphotovoltaicindustryremains willing to work with the Government to eliminate the tariff deficit, provided that no discriminatory measures are taken, working from the trust, transparency, equity, regulatory stability and legal certainty.