The Flemish authorities have allocated a budget of €3 million ($3.3 million) for the first round of its solar rebate scheme. The call is open to homeowners, businesses, public organizations, and energy communities.
Vlaams Energie- en Klimaatagentschap (VEKA), the energy agency of the Belgian region of Flanders, has launched the first call of this year to apply for solar rebates – the so-called “solar PV premium” for residential installations.
The agency will accept applications from May 2. It has allocated a budget of €3 million for the first round of the scheme. The call is open to homeowners, businesses, public organizations, and energy communities. In the last round of 2022, VEKA selected 169 projects with a combined capacity of 89.59 MW.
The scheme was introduced in January 2021, after the region’s net-metering scheme ended. For solar panels commissioned in 2023, the premium will be reduced to a maximum of €750. The contribution will be €150/kWh for the first 4 kWp and €75/kWh for 4 kWp to 6 kWp.
Flanders has the largest regional share of installed solar capacity in Belgium. The country’s cumulative installed solar capacity hit 6.89 GW at the end of 2022.
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