Italy Far Surpasses US in Solar Installations
In early 2007, Italy implemented a new feed-in tariffs system in order to expand the country’s use of solar energy by providing individuals and businesses with the opportunity to sell the excess electricity generated by the solar panels they installed into the general power grid.
Needless to say, citizens of Italy have taken advantage of this opportunity so much that 93 percent of all solar panels are installed on rooftops, according to Gruppo Imprese Fotovoltaiche Italiane, Italy’s PV Industry Association.
So yes, America is once again behind the curve of environmental and solar energy innovation, but things are looking up. Italy learned from Spain, and it seems now that California is learning from Italy. On February 26, the state of California implemented new economic incentives for solar home owners, based on Italy’s example. Those owning solar-powered homes can now “roll-over” the excess energy their solar PVs generate for future usage, or they can be compensated financially for the excess energy at the end of the year.