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Czech Republic: “Low financial support and high administrative burden”

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 31, 2014
czech republic diagrammAlmost a year after the first call for applications for Czech support scheme Nová Zelená Úsporám (New Green Savings programme) in August 2013, the same negative attitude still pervades the solar system supplier segment. Companies have especially criticised the low financial support and the high administrative burden. The second call of the programme started on 1 April 2014 under the same dissatisfying conditions for solar water heating systems. The Czech Republic’s market volume saw another drop in 2013, this time by 11 %, as can be seen on the chart from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. “Although the sales of domestic companies are shrinking at an alarming rate each year, there are new companies, including online-only shops, which import collectors from China,” Aleš Bufka, who is responsible for the national solar statistics at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, explains. “The customs statistics show many small units by private persons. It seems that people purchase imported collectors to cover their personal demand.” 
Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade
 

Czech Republic: New Green Savings Programme Gets Off on the Wrong Foot

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 30, 2013

The first round of the so-called Nová Zelená Úsporám or New Green Savings programme in the Czech Republic enjoyed great popularity. Within only 5 days after the first call on Monday, 12 August 2013, the official website http://www.nzu2013.cz/ stated that the administrators had already assigned more than 40% of the funds or around Czech Crown (CZK) 405 million (EUR 15.7 million) out of the total CZK 1 billion ( EUR 38.8 million). According to unofficial industry information, however, about a third to half of the funds will be freed up again, as the eligibility criteria are so unclear that many applications which have been handed in so far will most probably not be approved. The Czech Ministry of the Environment introduced a draft for the programme in November 2012. Private households will profit from grants financed through the sales of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) in emission trading, the same funding source as during the first Zelená Úsporám programme between March 2009 and October 2010 (find further information in the database of incentive programme.

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