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Croatia: Tourism Sector Profits from Solar Thermal Subsidy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 2, 2013

Parallel to the residential subsidy scheme, the Croatian Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund (EPEEF) has been offering financial support to private and public entities since December 2012. The interest-free loans cover up to 40% of the total investment in the renewable system, up to a maximum amount of Croatian Kuna (HRK) 1.4 million (approx. EUR 185,000) and a maximum repayment period of seven years. Eligible technologies include solar thermal, off-grid photovoltaics and heat pumps. The programme allows only two projects per company. The photo shows the Zaton campsite near Zadar, at which Croatian collector manufacturer Tehnomont installed 238 collectors.
Photo: Tehnomont

Croatia: Demand for Residential Subsidy Scheme Exceeds Budget

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 2, 2013

On 3 December 2012, Croatia started another year of nationwide subsidies. The Croatian Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund (EPEEF) grants households up to 40% of the solar water heater investment, up to a maximum of Croatian Kuna (HRK) 12,000 (EUR 1,580) per house or flat. Eligible technologies include solar thermal, off-grid photovoltaics, heat pumps and biomass boilers. The beginning in 2009 was accompanied by a large countrywide media campaign. “I can have solar collectors, too!” said Victor, a popular comic book character known all over Croatia (see the ad above). Leaflets and posters went hand in hand with an awareness-raising campaign in the press, on the radio and on TV. There was even a picture book for children, which became widely distributed all around Croatia. The consequence: today’s demand is higher than the programme’s budget.

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