Italian homeowners granted free installation of solar panels on rooftops, under Italy’s Relaunch Decree

Homeowners in Italy can now install solar panels on their rooftops for free as part of the Italian government’s Relaunch Decree, which aims to jump-start the country’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact.

Last month, the Italian government announced it was allocateing €55 billion ($60 billion) in stimulus perks through the Relaunch Decree on Economic Stimulus Measures to help revive the country’s economy as it slowly exited lockdown.

The measures include an increase in the so-called “eco-bonus” for building-renovation projects from 65% to 110% and a jump in support for PV installations and storage systems associated with such renovation projects, from 50% of costs to 110%.

According to these new provisions, the eco-bonus – which is an income tax (IRPEF) rebate – will be applied to all expenses incurred between July 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021. The Italian government has established a maximum price of €2,400 per kilowatt installed for PV systems and €1,000/kWh for the storage systems.

The 50% eco-bonus for PV associated with sustainable-building projects – together with the Scambio sul posto – has been the main driver for solar energy development in Italy over the past few years.

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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