Web portal for Austrian PV incentive scheme crashes again

On Jan. 2, 2014, the web portal of the Austrian Settlement Centre for Green Electricity (OeMAG) crashed due to its servers being overloaded by applicants eager to apply for PV incentives. Because the portal had crashed for the same reason on Jan. 1, 2013, the agency had put in place various precautions and had enhanced its IT system – but to no avail.
The online registration window for the allocation of PV incentives, which is based on a first-come-first-served principle, has been rescheduled for Jan. 16, 2014. The 2014 budget for the Austrian incentive program has been set at €8 million ($10.9 million). Residential PV systems will be granted a FIT of 12.5 euros cents per kWh plus a solar rebate of up to €200 per kilowatt installed. Ground-mounted PV systems, on the other hand, will receive a FIT of 10.0 euro cents per kWh and a rebate of up to €350 per kilowatt installed.
Austrian solar association Photovoltaic Austria recently predicted that Austria would have a cumulative installed PV capacity of 612.9 MW at the end of 2013.

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