Despite the removal of tax subsidies for the installation of solar panels, these remain a profitable investment. Two solutions are available to the purchaser of this type of device: resell the energy produced and generate significant income or practice self-consumption.
Solar panels and tax reform 2014
Until 2013, the installation of solar panels allowed to benefit from a tax credit sustainable development. But the 2014 finance law puts an end to this financial aid for this type of device.
In recent years, there has been a steady decline in the rates applied to solar panels. In the eyes of the state, this tumble tariff justifies their withdrawal from the CIDD.
Without this tax assistance, the cost of such an installation requires very important investment from the buyer solar panels. Investment that varies according to the power of the chosen device.
|Average cost of photovoltaic panels|
|Installation of 3 kWp||Installation of 6 kWp|
|Budget between 11,000 and 13,000 €||Budget lower than 19 000 €|
To noteIf the owner of photovoltaic panels wishes to be able to sell the energy produced, he will then have to add the cost of connection to the electricity grid to the overall cost of his installation. An additional cost between 400 and 1200 euros.
Solar panels, an investment yet still profitable
Any electricity distribution company (EDF and other local networks) has the obligation to buy back the electricity produced by the photovoltaic installations connected to its network.
In this way, the State wishes to encourage the development of these facilities by making them financially attractive for their buyers.
Thus, the purchase price of electricity produced by solar panels is currently 27.37 cts € / kWh (fixed income over 20 years, guaranteed by contract).
The initial investment is thus amortized over 10 years. The facility then reports approximately double its investment price to its owner.
To note: the profits generated by the resale of photovoltaic electricity are subject to income tax.
It is also possible to make profitable its installation by realizing substantial savings thanks to the direct consumption of the self-generated energy. However, it must be ensured here that the cost of repurchasing electricity does not exceed the selling price of the electricity supplied by the professional distributor.