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Poland: Solar for More Efficient District Heating Networks

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 30, 2017
Poland WorkshopPoland’s Mazovia Region is one of nine regional actors which have worked together with the Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO, formerly EC BREC), the Polish partner, on the Horizon 2020 project SDHp2m: Solar District Heating – From Policy to Market. On 16 March 2017, IEO organised a workshop where 60 stakeholders from the district heating industry and municipal authorities and researchers met to discuss the details of strategies and activities which could support the development of SDH or solar district heating. sat down with IEO’s Aneta Więcka to talk about opportunities, barriers and the current situation of the SDH market in the Mazovia Region and the rest of country. 
Photo: Institute for Renewable Energy

Poland: Renewable Energy Sources Law Either Late or Never

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 9, 2013

The draft of the RES law, which was published in December 2011, has never reached the Polish parliament. The government has missed all deadlines that it announced for sending the draft to the legislative for almost two years. In April, the Ministry of Economy gave the Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO) the task to recalculate tariffs for renewable electricity included in the RES law. “We will send the results of the calculations back to the ministry around 20 July," Grzegorz Wiśniewski, IEO's President, says.

Poland: Plan to Extend National Residential Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 1, 2013

The Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (Polish initialism: NFOSiGW) is planning to introduce a new grant scheme called Prosument, which will include solar thermal subsidies. This was confirmed by Aneta Wilmański, Deputy Minister of Environment, in an online article on Polish web page on 20 June. The entire programme budget for 2014-16 amounts to Polish Zloty (PLN) 600 million. There has not yet been any official statement about which share of the budget will be spent on solar thermal applications.

Poland: Market in Transition

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 30, 2013

The Institute for Renewable Energy (Polish initialism IEO) presented its latest market figures at the annual Solar Energy Industry Forum, which took place in the Polish city of Toruń between 13 and 14 May. Poland’s solar thermal market seems unaffected by the country’s economic slowdown: The newly installed collector area grew by 19 % last year to 302,000 m², according to IEO research. The industry, however, is undergoing a big transition, with imported vacuum tubes gaining market share. The chart shows the annual collector area, in which the green columns depict imports. In 2012, every third panel was imported, despite unused production capacities in the local flat plate collector industry.
Chart: IEO

Poland: Solar Forum 2012 Debate on How to Sustain Growth Rate

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 2, 2012

According to the market statistics of the Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO), the total installed solar thermal collector area in Poland at the end of 2011 was 904,000 m2 (633 MWth). This is just 6.5 % of the 14 million m2 (9.8 GWth) target that the National Renewable Energy Action Plan said to reach in 2020. Speakers and participants of the 5th Solar Energy Industry Forum were now debating in mid-April on how to best sustain the growth rate and reach the ambitious target. Around 150 people attended Cracow’s one-day event organised by the IEO.

Poland: Tremendous Growth in 2011

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 25, 2012

 Market development in Poland Last year, the Polish solar thermal market exceeded all expectations: While Poland became one of the fastest growing markets in Europe, the installed collector area grew by 70 % to 248,000 m² (174 MWth), according to Aneta Więcka, solar thermal market expert at the Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO).

Poland: Ambitious Industry versus Conservative Government

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 18, 2009

The Polish solar thermal industry exudes confident. It reached one of the highest growth rates of all European countries in recent years. Average growth has meant around 43% annually since 2001, according to Grzegorz Wisniewski , head of the Polish Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO). In 2009, the newly installed collector area amounted to an estimated 200,000 m2; the target for 2010 is 350,000 m2.

Support for the Solar Thermal Industry in Poland

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 17, 2009

Logo of programme” A unique chance for the solar thermal industry in Poland: “Developing a renewable energies industry” is one of the many targets of the comprehensive “Infrastructure and Environment” programme for Poland (2007 to 2014).

Poland: Comprehensive Market Survey

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 17, 2009

 Polish solar thermal market” Flat plate collectors are still the dominating technology on the Polish solar thermal market. The share of vacuum tube collectors, however, increased from 17 to 31 % within two years. This is one of the examples of a market survey published in May 2008.  Photo: IEO

May in Europe: Four Solar Thermal Events Within One Month Alone

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 3, 2009

There are a lot of places in Europe during the month of May where you can listen to highly regarded solar thermal speakers. Four solar thermal conferences will then take place in three different countries: Germany, Italy and Poland.

Solar thermal symposium

6th to 8th of May 2009 in Staffelstein, Southern Germany

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