Austria to Back Solar Expansion, Eases Approval Rules

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Austria is planning a set of measures that aim to further promote the rollout of renewable energy across the country, including simplified approval processes for new projects and a record budget of EUR 600 million (USD 646.3 million) to support solar expansion in 2023.

The federal government has decided to amend the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process in order to ensure a "fast track" for green energy projects, the Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology said as cited by web portal Renewablesnow.com.

The changes are meant to make procedures for the construction of new green energy plants easier and more efficient, removing double tests and optimizing the process structure.

In the future, it should be possible to begin an EIA procedure without approval from the municipality where the plant will be located.

The consent of the municipality will be then obtained as part of the EIA procedure which is expected to shorten the process.

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