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FAQs

June 2017






DOMESTIC INSTALLATIONS


1. What is the maximum size Net Metering system for a house?


The maximum Net Metering system for household is 5KW


How much space do I need for Photovoltaic installation?

1 kWp of Solar panels needs 6.5 – 10 m2. For flat roofs, there is a need for free space around the panel structure and 'shade' space between rows.

2. How much electricity does a PV system generate?


The average power generation of PV Systems in Cyprus is 1500-1600 kWh/kWp/year. The maximum is 1900 kWh.


3. How much does it pay for each kWh?

At the moment, new plans do not specify the feed in tariff.


4. What is the payback for a solar PV installation?

Based on current tariffs, the RoI (Return on Investment) is between 4 and 7 years, depending on the installation specifications and the efficiency.


5. Can I export any of the electricity I generate?

You can export the excess energy to the national grid (with limitations see Net Metering) and take it back later OR you can opt for a zero export function which limits the amount exported.


6. Are there any grants available?

There is a grant for the vulnerable persons of 900€ / KWp. for Net Metering


7. Do I need permission from building control to install solar panels?

Building permits for PV systems are not necessary up to 20 KWp.


8. How long will the installation take?

This depends on the size of the installation, however, once a permit is issued, a 3KWp Net-Metering system can be installed in 1-2 days.


9. How much does a solar PV panel weigh?

A solar panel is about 19-21Kg with total load approximately 15Kg/m2, including the mounting system.


COMMERCIAL/ INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATIONS


1. What is the maximum size Net Metering system for industry?


The maximum Net Metering system for commercial buildings or industry is 5KW


2. What capacity system can I install for self consumption?


10kW-10MW  can be installed for self consumption. It can also be connected to the grid and net metered to a maximum of 5kW. Any excess energy not consumed is not paid.


3. If my PV or Wind plant is not connected to the grid, how much can I install?


The maximum installed capacity of 20kW


PROCEDURES

for households and non-domestic consumers


Application: Interested parties shall submit their applications with the necessary supporting documents to EAC, as the responsible DSO (ch.3.par.9 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme).


Proposal assessment: Applications are assessed by EAC in 7 days (ch.3.par.9 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme).


Project Approval: A Net-metering contract is signed between EAC-DSO and the applicant, who also pays a €250 fee (administrative costs). The contract has a duration of fifteen (15) and ten (10) years for households and non-domestic consumers respectively (ch.3.par.9 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme).


Project realisation: The installation of the PV should be completed in 3 months and should be connected with the grid. EAC- DSO is responsible for controlling the PV plant within 25 days (ch.3.par.9 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme).


For industrial/ commercial units (autonomous electricity production)

Application: Interested parties submit their application along with the necessary supporting documents to the Cyprus Regulatory Authority on Energy (CERA) (ch. 4.5 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme). 


Exemption from construction licence & project realisation: CERA issues and exemption from construction license, with a duration of 8 months. Within that time frame, the PV installation should be completed (ch. 4.5 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme). 


Final control and connection to the grid: The DSO is responsible for controlling the connection of the PV plant to the distribution grid within thirty (30) days. Then the plant operator should submit to CERA an application for the exemption from the issue of a production license and after that a contract will be signed between the plant operator and EAC (ch. 4.6 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme). 


Storage: Plant operators under this category are eligible for installing storage facilities. For that reason, interested applicants should submit with their application all necessary information provided by the manufacturer i.e. the safety regulations as well as the contribution that the installation of storage facilities has in the whole system (ch. 4.5 “Solar Energy for All 2016” Scheme).