MPs: The imposition of a fee for photovoltaics by municipalities is unacceptable

They asked the Ministry of the Interior to remove the fee and to simplify the procedure at least for photovoltaic systems up to 10 kilowatt hours

FF86745C 0523 4AEA A3AA A8F68967B3CD

Members of the Parliamentary Committee for Energy, Trade, Industry and Tourism described the intention of local authorities to put an end to photovoltaic installations on roofs as unacceptable.

The Chairman of the Committee, DISY Member of Parliament Kyriakos Hatzigiannis, in his statements expressed surprise at the fact, stating that this decision is unacceptable and unacceptable, whether it concerns the Municipality of Engomi, the Municipality of Limassol, or the Municipality of Agios Athanasios.

He added that they asked the Ministry of the Interior to make a table change in a specific decree, so that there is no alibi for imposing the fee. He also said that both the executive and the House are of the philosophy that they should proceed without any hurdles, terms and conditions that slow down the march to green growth. The citizen, he added, must also evaluate such decisions with political criteria.

The reasoning of the municipalities for the imposition of the fee, he said, is that they are asked to assist in some works that the RES law does not impose, which they consider creates additional costs for them.

He concluded that the Commission would not hesitate to move forward with legislation to impose ex post control on municipalities on the matter.

AKEL Member of Parliament Costas Costas said that while they requested as a Committee a simplification of the laws for someone to install photovoltaics, so as to eliminate the bureaucracy, today they learned that the Ministry of the Interior has proceeded with a decree by which the Local Government authorities can impose an end which has been set at a minimum of 75 euros depending on the kilowatt hours. At the same time, he said that today much more information is requested from the municipalities in order to proceed with photovoltaics, which means much higher costs for the consumer.

They asked, as he said, the Ministry of Health to remove the fee and to simplify the process at least for photovoltaic systems up to 10 kilowatt hours so that people can install photovoltaics with judgment and precision.

He characterized what is becoming unacceptable and said that already some municipalities are moving forward and asking for the end.