The former pricing director challenged the compensatory measures for owners of photovoltaic installations. The Walloon Region having decided by this decree to compensate, for four years and in a degressive manner, the fixed fee for the management and use of the network. Compensated at 100% in 2020 and 2021, the compensation is set at 54.2% in 2022 and 2023. Then, the fee will be fully due for the electricity that will not be self-consumed.
Antoine Thoreau had justified his appeal by the “discriminatory” nature of this compensation measure for people who do not have a photovoltaic installation. The Cwape, however, had not lodged such an appeal.
Concretely, if the Court had followed, it would be the approximately 250,000 Walloon prosumers who would not have been able to benefit from the compensatory measure for 2022 and 2023 and who would have had to reimburse 100% of the compensation for 2020 and 2021. Or, in some case, several thousand euros for the four years concerned. Furthermore, the appeal also concerned the principle of the meter which turns in reverse according to the photovoltaic electricity injected into the network. Even more than the compensatory measure, the cancellation of this principle risked dealing a dirty blow to the entire photovoltaic sector. This will therefore not be the case since the Constitutional Court has indeed rejected this appeal.