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Which is convenient? Who can have access? What to do to request the facility?

THEEcobonus and the Thermal Account They are advantageous tools that make it more attractive to invest in energy savings and can create
important opportunities for all operators in the sector.

Thermal solar concessionsUnfortunately, these incentives are still little used by the owners of real estate and poorly proposed by professionals who are often not sufficiently informed and are discouraged by bureaucratic procedures that may be complex.

We want to clarify the types and methods of facilitations, focusing on solar thermal systems.

Who wants to install solar thermal panels can count on two different facilitations:

  • The Ecobonus, ie one tax deduction of 65%
  • The Thermal Account, ie a incentive granted in the form of an economic reimbursement

Which is convenient? Who can have access? What to do to request the facility?

The following table summarizes the characteristics of the Ecobonus 2018 and the 2.0 Thermal Account with reference exclusively to solar thermal systems.
It should be noted that the following facilities may also be applied to other types of systems (heat pumps, pellet boilers, etc.) which are not the subject of this article.

Ecobonus comparison - Thermal account on solar thermal

Ecobonus 2018

Thermal 2.0 Count
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Beneficiaries

Individuals, companies, public bodies, sports facilities, shelter and care homes, schools and universities

Individuals, Companies, Public Bodies, Onlus,

Intervention

Installation of solar panels for the production of domestic hot water, pool heating and integration to the existing heating system.

Installation of solar thermal collectors for the production of domestic hot water and / or integration of the winter air conditioning system, also combined with solar cooling systems.

facilitation

Tax Deduction

Cash contribution

Entity

65% of the expenditure incurred

Proportional to gross surface area and panel efficiency (on average between 30 and 65% of incurred expenditure)

Repayment time

10 years

90 days: amounts <5.000 €
2 years: installations ≤ 50 sq. M
5 years: installations> 50 mq

Maximum allowance

€ 60.000 per real estate unit

No limit

Body in charge

Enea, national energy efficiency agency

GSE

Where to forward
the question

On the portal of Enea: financial 2017 within 90 gg from the end of the works

Portaltermic of the GSE within 60 gg from the end of the works

Main regulatory reference

Budget Law 2018

DM16 / 02 / 2016 int. 2c

System requirements

  • Solar Keymark for solar panels
  • Guarantee at least 5 years on solar panels and kettles
  • Warranty at least 2 years on accessories and electrical and electronic components
  • Installation according to the installation manuals of the main components
  • Solar Keymark for solar panels
  • Minimum thermal efficiency values ​​listed in the DM16 / 02 / 2016 All.1 2.3 point
  • Guarantee at least 5 years on solar panels and kettles
  • Warranty at least 2 years on accessories and electrical and electronic components
  • Installation according to the installation manuals of the main components

Validity

31/12/2018

it has no expiry

ecobonus 2018Ecobonus: 65% deduction
for energy efficiency

The Ecobonus allows the beneficiary to deduct from taxes the 65% of the expenditure incurred for an energy redevelopment intervention through the installation of a solar thermal system for domestic hot water, pool heating or integration to the existing heating system.
The purpose of the intervention is the energy redevelopment of EXISTING buildings (not under construction) equipped with heating systems.

Example:

  • Investment: 10.000 € VAT INCLUDED
  • Deduction: 6.500 €
  • Each year you will save 650 € tax for 10 years

What requirements must a solar thermal system have:

  • The solar panels and the kettles used must be guaranteed for at least five years
  • Accessories and electrical and electronic components must be guaranteed for at least two years
  • The solar panels must comply with the UNI EN 12975 or UNI EN 12976 standards, certified by a body of a European Union and Switzerland. The Solar Keymark certification meets these two requirements.
  • The installation of the system must be carried out in accordance with the installation manuals of the main components

What are the fees for which the deduction can be requested:

  • Supply and installation of all thermal, mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Hydraulic and masonry works necessary for the realization of solar thermal systems organically connected to the utilities, also in integration with heating systems.
  • Expenses for the professional services necessary for carrying out the interventions as well as the necessary technical documentation.

Procedure for requesting the deduction:

Send the descriptive card of the intervention to the ENEA through the dedicated website within 90 days after completion of work The applicant is required to produce and store the following documentation:

  • Certification issued by a qualified technician certifying the technical requirements of the system.
  • Alternatively: declaration made by the project manager on the compliance of the completed works with the project.
  • Original of the documentation sent to ENEA, duly signed.
  • Datasheet.
  • Invoices for expenses incurred.
  • Receipt of the payment showing as a causal reference to the 2007 financial law, the number and date of the invoice, the data of the applicant for the deduction (tax code) and data of the beneficiary of the transfer (VAT number or tax code of the beneficiary) .
  • Receipt of sending the documentation made to ENEA (CPID code).

Useful documents:
At the following link you can download the ENEA vademecum for Ecobonus for the installation of solar thermal systems: Vademecum Enea Solar Ecobonus (12.04.2018 update).

2.0 thermal accountThermal 2.0 Count

With the 2.0 Thermal Account the applicant obtains a reimbursement of a percentage of the investment made for the installation of solar thermal collectors for the production of domestic hot water and / or integration of the winter air conditioning system, also combined with solar systems cooling. The incentive rewards the thermal renewable energy produced and is directly disbursed by bank transfer. It can not be paid if the plant itself, or the share of renewables covered by it are subject to a legal obligation. In this case only the exuberant portion of the obligation can be financed.

The new Thermal Account (2.0) is a permanent measure with no maturity and therefore is not influenced by government decisions, as in the case of deductions.
The incentive is proportional to the square meters and to the efficiency of the panels installed. To calculate it, it is necessary to estimate the thermal energy produced by a calculation system defined by the GSE.
On average, it is recovered between the 30 and the 65% of the expenditure incurred.

Example:

  1. System with 2 solar panels FKA Rossato (5,04 sqm) for domestic hot water
    refund of 1.489,60 € paid in one installment within 90 days from the acceptance of the request
  2. System with 7 solar panels FKA Rossato (17,64 sqm) for domestic hot water and heating
    refund of 4.915,68 € paid in one installment within 90 days from the acceptance of the request
  3. System with 10 solar panels FKA Rossato (25,20 sqm) for domestic hot water (eg for a hotel)
    refund of 6.809,60 € paid in 2 years from the acceptance of the request

What requirements must a solar thermal system have:

(DM16 / 02 / 2016 All.1 point 2.3 Solar thermal and solar cooling)

  • The solar panels must comply with the UNI EN 12975 or UNI EN 12976 standards, certified by a body of a European Union and Switzerland. The Solar Keymark certification meets these two requirements.
  • Minimum specific producibility for flat solar collectors> 300 kWht / m² year (for an average operating temperature of 50 ° C and with reference to Würzburg).

The specific producibility is expressed in terms of annual solar energy produced per unit of gross area and calculated from the data contained in the Solar Keymark certification of the solar collector.

  • The solar panels and the kettles used must be guaranteed for at least five years.
  • Accessories and electrical and electronic components must be guaranteed for at least two years.
  • The installation of the system must be carried out in accordance with the installation manuals of the main components.
  • If the solar system has been designed to be integrated into the heating system, it is necessary to install flow control elements.

What are the costs for which the incentive can be obtained:

  • Dismantling and decommissioning of the existing, partial or total system.
  • Supply, transport and installation of all thermal, mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment
  • Hydraulic and masonry works necessary for the realization of systems organically connected to the utilities
  • Professional expenses related to the implementation of the intervention.
  • For solar systems also intended for air-conditioning, the costs for individual accounting systems, any interventions on the distribution network, on water treatment systems, on control and regulation devices and on emission systems are also included.

Procedure to access the thermal account:
To access the 2.0 Thermal Account it is necessary to activate the request procedure on the portal of the GSE within 60 days from the end of the works (in case of request by private parties).
For the public administration, the procedure and times may vary

The applicant is required to produce and store the following documentation for 7 years:

  • Request for the granting of incentives (generated by the "FER-TER" Portaltermico) to be downloaded, signed and uploaded together with the identification document of the responsible subject
  • Documentation attesting the compliance of solar panels with the requirements of the thermal account, issued by the manufacturer
  • Purchase invoices of materials
  • Receipt of the payment indicating the reference to the Ministerial Decree of 16 / 02 / 2016, the number and date of the purchase invoice, the data of the applicant for the incentive (tax code) and the data of the beneficiary of the bank transfer (number of consignment) VAT or the tax code of the beneficiary). In the case of payment by means other than bank transfer (leasing, consumer credit, etc.), please refer to the application rules of the GSE.
  • Declaration of conformity and installation invoice
  • Photographic documentation (as indicated in the GSE Application Rules)
  • Project technical report, stamped and signed by the designer, accompanied by the functional diagrams (for installations with gross surface area ≥12 m2≥ and <50m2)

Useful documents:
For more details, refer to the specific indications of the GSE.
At the following link you can download the application rules of the GSE for the thermal account for the installation of solar thermal systems: Application rules of the GSE

Opportunity for installers

These measures can give a great boost to the sector, but at the moment they are not yet fully used.
It is necessary for the operators of the sector to train and inform themselves about the functioning of the incentives to be able to propose them to the customer and use them as a lever to increase the sales of systems for energy efficiency. Not only that, the knowledge of these solutions and the advantages that the customer can have is an element of differentiation from the competition.

Some installers have been able to seize the opportunity and are organized to offer complete packages of supply, installation and handling, also making use of collaborations with specialized consultants. They well understood that proposing, for example, the Thermal Account is equivalent to offering the final customer a price reduction without having to grant discounts and reduce their margins.
GSE data show that from the beginning of the Thermal Account in July 2018 only 39% of available resources have been used (and of these, a good part for installation of solar thermal systems).

There are still many opportunities: do not miss them!

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