Slovenia

June 2011 update

On 30th of May 2011 the instructions for connecting and operation of power plants of installed electrical capacity up to 10 MW as a part of the System Operating Instructions for the Electricity Grid (SOIEG) were published in the Official Journal of the Republic of Slovenia. The SOIEG should have been issued in June 2010 as originally planned. The instructions for connecting and operation of power plants of installed electrical capacity up to 10 MW do not reduce the number of steps to connect PV system with the electric grid but provide technical conditions about grid connection and clearly define steps leading to the connection of a PV system to the grid.

December 2010 update

In the past, only legal entities or private entrepreneurs could participate in the feed-in tariff support scheme. It was a problem for individuals that did not want to formally start an own business only to install a PV system on their rooftop. To change this situation, an amendment to the Energy Act was adopted and published in the Official Journal of Slovenia on the 8th of March 2010. Now the only disadvantage for individuals with no legal entities is the exclusion from the system of value added tax.

Until the end of September 2010, the various interpretations of the laws regarding building permits created a lot of uncertainty in the Slovenian PV market. Investors who were already in the process of installing the PV systems did not know whether or not they would need to obtain a building permit.  To obtain building permits takes a lot of time and the procedure represents an additional financial burden. The matter was resolved only after the amended Ordinance regarding the energy infrastructure was published in the Official Journal of Slovenia on the 24th of September 2010. The updated Ordinance establishes the conditions for the installation of PV systems and their connection to the electricity grid. PV systems up to 1 MW have been classified as simple devices for producing electricity, whose installation is considered as an investment and maintenance work for which there is no need of a building permit. As a condition for the installation without a building permit, there are specific requirements regarding how the investor must look after the PV system. The final provisions of the Ordinance also arrange that PV power plants installed without a building permit before the enactment of the amended Ordinance are also to be classified as simple devices for generating electricity and shall not be removed as long as they comply with the current regulatory requirements.

In the year 2010 many banks launched tailor made credit offers for the investors. Based on the feed-in tariff support scheme, financial institutions consider the investments in solar power plants as very safe.