A letter to the Minister of the Interior, with a proposal to abolish the obligation to issue a building permit for photovoltaic systems up to 150kW placed on roofs, was sent by the Association of Renewable Energy Companies of Cyprus (SEAPEK).
“After the crisis in the energy sector (due to global Lockdown) during the pandemic, it became clear that the most stable, timeless jobs are related to RES projects. Therefore, administrative barriers should be removed to speed up the implementation of RES projects, both to create jobs and to maintain them. In addition, the implementation of RES projects on roofs, reduces Cyprus’ dependence on fossil fuels, reduces national greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time contributes to the goal of the percentage of renewable energy in final energy consumption, without changing land use letter.
SEAPEK continues by noting that the government has decided to expedite the implementation of development projects, the issuance of urban planning permits and building permits, to assist the rapid exit from the crisis and recovery and that to install photovoltaic or industrial systems on roofs, or Housing requires the issuance of building permits, which creates an unnecessary bureaucracy and goes beyond the goal of rapid restart.
“Last year, the competent Environmental Authority and the Urban Planning Authority made an effort to simplify the licensing procedures of PV systems and to provide exceptions, especially for installations on the roofs of existing industrial and commercial buildings. SEAPEK was informed that the state is evaluating the adoption of a similar policy for the Building Permits and this is imperative that the development of PV systems be done immediately, for the reasons that are developed above. A request, as the request of SEAPEK is immediately examined, in order to adopt the appropriate measures for the simplification of this process, since it can only have a positive effect on the Cypriot economy and companies “, he concludes.