Grants of up to 80% of expenditure

The measure increasing incentives for the Pnrr measure promoting photovoltaics on the roofs of buildings in the agricultural sector has been published.

The new rules increase the subsidy, double the ceiling and maximum size of photovoltaics, and in some cases eliminate the self-consumption restriction, which can also be shared.

News on self-consumption

Revision and partial removal of the self-consumption constraint; this constraint, in the new text, only applies to primary production farms, and can also be fulfilled by ‘shared self-consumption’ in the case of several enterprises aggregating.

The self-consumption requirement is deemed to have been met if the annual production capacity of the plant(s) does not exceed the average annual combined heat and power consumption of the farm, including household consumption. The sale of electricity is permitted in the grid as long as the annual average self-consumption limit is met.

For shared self-consumption, the energy needs to be taken into account are those of all the beneficiaries, which make up the aggregate, all of which must fall into the same category (a company in primary agricultural production may join another farm for primary production and not one, for example, for the processing of agricultural products)

New spending limits

Revised upwards:

  • Photovoltaics: 1,500 €/kWpStorage systems: €1,000/kWh up to a maximum of €100,000Charging stations: 30,000 eurosRemoval and disposal of asbestos, thermal insulation and ventilation system associated with roof replacement: €700 per kWp photovoltaic installed.

VAT is an allowable cost only if it is not recoverable.

The main intervention incentivised is the installation of photovoltaic systems with peak power between 6 kW and 1 MW on the roofs/coverings of buildings used for agricultural, zootechnical and agro-industrial activities, possibly combined with storage systems and/or recharging columns for electric vehicles.

In addition, one or more of the following interventions may be carried out: removal and disposal of asbestos; thermal insulation of roofs; implementation of a ventilation system connected to roof replacement. Photovoltaic systems may be installed on roofs that are also different from those on which the asbestos abatement is being carried out, provided that they belong to the same building, and the abatement work may also be carried out on surfaces that are larger than those on which the photovoltaic systems are being installed, but always in the same building.

Contribution

Compared to the previous call for proposals, the non-reimbursable contribution to expenditure is increased:

  • 80% for holdings of primary agricultural production that make self-consumption or diffuse self-consumption (with €693,031,470 available);
  • 30% for investments by primary agricultural production companies beyond the auto-consumption or diffuse auto-consumption constraint (€75 million);
  • 80% for companies in the agricultural product processing sector (for which there are no constraints on self-consumption, €150 million);
  • 30% for the sector processing agricultural products into non-agricultural products (no constraints on own consumption, €75 million).

For categories with a 30 per cent contribution, the aid intensity can be increased by

  • 20 percentage points for small enterprises;
  • 10 percentage points for medium-sized enterprises;
  • 15 percentage points for investments in disadvantaged areas.

Here you can read the text in the Official Gazette of the new decree of 19 April 2023 ‘Interventi per la realizzazione di impianti fotovoltaici da installare su edifici a uso produttivo nei settori agricolo, zootecnico e agroindustriale, da finanziare nell’ambito del Pnrr, Missione 2, componente 1, investimento 2.2 “Parco Agrisolare”. (23A03736)