Sweden drops building permits for PV

by BPVA on 20 March 2017

Sweden drops building permits for PV

Homeowners will no longer be required to obtain a permit to install PV modules, the Swedish government said this week.

The regulatory change will drive renewables development, said Peter Eriksson, minister for housing and digital development under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, in an online statement.

Building requirements for PV systems vary throughout the country, as they have thus far been determined by municipal authorities.

The exemption for solar is part of a broader package of newly simplified building regulations set out by the national government.

In November, the Swedish authorities revealed plans to effectively eliminate taxes on solar installations above 255 kW in size, as part of the country’s push to become 100% renewable by 2040.

However, Sweden’s cumulative PV installations remain negligible, at roughly 110 MW by the end of 2015, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Future growth will likely be dominated by small PV systems rather than large projects, as demand will be primarily driven by self consumption, according to the Swedish Solar Energy Association.

The government has already started to lay the groundwork for greater self consumption of PV-generated electricity.

Last November, it unveiled plans to offer a subsidy that will cover 60% of the cost of installing residential storage systems, up to a maximum of 50,000 kronor ($5,670).

By Brian Publicover for PV Magazine

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