Murcia Region will eliminate taxes over private photovoltaic energy
Today the president of Murcia Region has announced the decision to eliminate any tax payment related to the production of photovoltaic solar energy for self-consumption. Pedro Antonio Sánchez (President of Murcia Region) has informed about the measure during the meeting of Asociación Nacional de Productores de Energía Fotovoltaica (National Association of Photovoltaic Producers).
Murcia will be the first Spanish region to eliminate payments to produce photovoltaic solar energy for self-consumption purposes
This regional law is part of the new Regional Energy Plan prepared by Murcia Government, which is aimed to doubling in the short term the volume of energy produced from renewable sources. With this measure, Murcia will be the first Spanish region to eliminate payments to produce photovoltaic solar energy for self-consumption purposes.
The tax exemption will be applicable to those installations that generates more than 10 kilowatts per hour (already allowed by national law), but only if they are isolated and without connection to the public electricity network.
This measure has been studied by the regional government since 2006, and last year was finally included in a modified article of the regional law of renewable energies and energy saving and efficiency. Which were considered in the case of closed installations without connection to the public electric net.
However, the central government vision is clearly opposed to renewable energy sources. In fact, the regional law article was suspended by the Constitutional Court after an appeal of unconstitutionality presented by the central government last January, a suspension that was abolished four months later, in May, after the allegations presented by the Murcia Region.
In this regard, the national government remains approved the so called “tax to the sun”, which establish a mandatory payment of those who installed a photovoltaic energy system at home (producing more than 10 kilowatts per hour). Thus, considering the precedents, the success of this regional law and its respective practical implementations would have to wait, and most probably, to resist attempts of illegalization from central government.
In any case, this measure makes Murcia the first Spanish region that approves a law of this kind, against the central government criteria.
The south of Spain has a great potential to make the most of its high exposure to natural light, being this an important opportunity to develop a sustainable supply of energy, available to many individuals and families in the southern regions.