From April 2022, the provisions of the amendment to the Act on renewable energy sources will come into force. Instead of a discount system, new prosumers will settle accounts based on the purchase and sale of energy, i.e. in the net-billing system. Electricity introduced by the prosumer to the grid will be settled with the obligated or selected seller, according to its market value, under the so-called a prosumer deposit, i.e. a prosumer account kept by an energy seller. The value of energy will be determined based on the market quotations of electricity on the day-ahead market. In practice, the energy sold by the prosumer will be much cheaper than the one purchased.
The amendment applies to new prosumers who will not be able to notify the installation before March 31, 2022. However, the provisions of the act do not provide information on what will happen to people who decide to expand the installation. This worries our readers who ask our editorial office numerous questions about the expansion of PV installations. We asked about the expansion issues at the source.
The Ministry of Climate confirms that the current prosumers will remain in the discount system
We asked the Ministry of Climate and Environment whether the expansion of the existing photovoltaic installation after April 1, 2022 will involve resignation from the discount system and switching to net-billing. It turns out that NOand it results from acquired rights.
The existing prosumers, as well as those who will be in the system until the new regulations enter into force – before April 1, 2022, are guaranteed acquired rights. They will be able to use the discount system for 15 years from the moment of generating power in the PV installation and introducing the first 1 kWh to the power grid. – comments the representative of the Ministry of Climate and Environment
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage confirms that due to the guarantee of acquired rights, the expansion of the installation will not entail a change in the settlement system.
IN In the case of the expansion of the photovoltaic installation existing before April 1, 2022, the billing system applicable to the prosumer is the discount system.
corresponds to the Ministry of Climate and Environment
The Ministry of Climate also confirmed to the Editorial Board that the new regulations do not introduce an obligation for current prosumers, who already use the discount system, to submit statements on the further functioning of these principles.
The assumption is to take into account the acquired rights of prosumers so that they can continue to use the current settlements without submitting additional statements. – comments the Ministry
Remember to report the expansion of micro-installations!
The Ministry of Climate and Environment has confirmed that the expansion of PV installations will not involve a change in the settlement system. However, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage pointed out that there is a certain obligation to bear in mind when expanding the installation. It is the responsibility of the electricity producer to notify the grid operator about the expansion of the photovoltaic installation.
Pursuant to Art. 20 paragraph 2 point 2 of the Act on Renewable Energy Sources, the producer (prosumer) whose micro-installation is connected to the network of the distribution network operator is obliged to inform the operator about the change in the installed capacity of the micro-installation within 14 days from the date of the change. Failure to do so will result in a fine of PLN 1,000 (Art. 168, point 23 in conjunction with Art. 170, section 7, point 2 of the Act). – emphasizes the representative of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Expansion and Operators
We also asked the Operators about the expansion of the photovoltaic installation. Both Energa and Tauron confirmed to the Editorial Board that the expansion of the existing PV installation after April 1, 2022 will not involve changing the billing system to net-billing.