Solar Contracts: the Government imposes its retroactive tariff measure

Solar contracts prior to 2011 will be challenged. The government remained adamant in forcing the National Assembly to vote on its amendment in its initial formulation. The mobilization of many parliamentarians in recent weeks has not been enough.

The revision of solar contracts raises many discontents

The Syndicat des énergies renouvelables (SER) and Enerplan deplore this forced passage. They denounce a questioning of the State’s commitments which has not been the subject of any consultation and which is based on a fallacious argument. The inclusion of this amendment in the law creates a situation of great uncertainty and insecurity for the professionals affected.
Daniel Bour, President of Enerplan, regrets this situation:

“The government went ahead with the bill despite the great mobilization of parliamentarians from all sides to reject or at least attenuate the text of this amendment. However, the united profession has worked hard for two months to make courageous proposals that have unfortunately not been deemed acceptable. Enerplan deplores it “.

Debates around solar contracts continue

A second phase is now beginning. It is essential for the sector to be able to open real negotiations with the public authorities. The professionals of the sector hope that they will be made on the basis of a real study of the impact of this measure. They accuse the government of theoretical calculations that have no basis in fact. All the reasoning of the public authorities is based on a notion of “excessive profitability” that has never been demonstrated or even quantified.

Jean-Louis Bal, President of the SER, is bitter:

“The approach chosen by the government will involve reopening hundreds of contracts, which will necessarily take a long time and risk freezing the activities of the companies concerned for months. This will block the activity of the sector and further accentuate France’s delay at a time when climate change requires us to accelerate the energy transition.

The SER and ENERPLAN do not intend to stop there, like all producers. They will be mobilized to enlighten the State services on the economic realities of the solar installations concerned in the next regulatory steps. They also call for a resumption of negotiations well in advance of the publication of the application texts.

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