18 Apr '12, 6am

Italy to Levy Carbon Tax, Cut Solar FiT in Wake of Record-Setting Growth: Filed under: Energy News

Italy to Levy Carbon Tax, Cut Solar FiT in Wake of Record-Setting Growth: Filed under: Energy News

Solar PV and renewable energy development are proving to be a much sought after way forward for Italy, and other EU nations, in helping solve persistent economic and employment problems. Italy depends on imports to meet 87% of electricity demand. Solar PV and renewable energy resource development not only lessens its imported energy dependence, thereby enhancing energy security, it also adds to GDP and generates jobs. Distributed generation lessens strains on the grid and actually enhances the overall reliability of electricity supply. And it’s doing so at sharply declining cost. And let’s not forget the very substantial environmental benefits: cleaner, healthier air, land and water. There was around 1-gigawatt (GW) of solar power capacity installed in Italy in 2009. Today, it’s a world leader in a globalized, rapidly growing solar PV market. The introduction of a Feed-in ...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/18/italy-to-levy-carbon-...

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