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Spain’s Supreme Court Upholds ‘Sun Tax’ on Solar Producers

Oct. 25, 2017, 5:08 PM

Spain’s solar producers could fall out of sync with the European Union’s renewable energy and climate goals after the country’s Supreme Court upheld a decision on fees known as the sun tax.

In its ruling released Oct. 18 the high court upheld Royal Decree 900/2015, which regulates self-produced energy and requires photovoltaic installations to pay fees to electric companies to help maintain the national electrical grid. Self-consumers in Spain—one of Europe’s sunniest countries—use electricity produced by solar installations larger than 10 kilowatts.

The court determined that the decree isn’t arbitrary; doesn’t generate legal uncertainty; and isn’t contrary to European ...