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Poland: Energy-Efficient Housing Subsidy Scheme Announced for 2013

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 3, 2012

High gas and coal prices - and the residential solar thermal subsidy scheme of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) - have so far been the main drivers of growth in the Polish solar thermal market. This, however, may change in 2013 when the new NFOŚiGW programme will start to promote energy-efficient buildings that use renewable energy sources. According to NFOŚiGW, a budget of Polish Zloty (PLN) 300 million (around EUR 75 million) will support at least 12,000 energy homes and flats over a period of five years. The programme is scheduled to start in the first quarter of 2013 and is supposed to run until the end of 2018.

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: various commercial Grant Programmes

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 5, 2011

 Installation in Szczawnica” By the end of 2010, the total surface area of solar collectors in Poland reached 655,000 m2. Newly installed collector area amounted to 146,000 m2, roughly 2,000 m2 more than in 2009. Over the next years, the number of new solar thermal installations is thought to increase significantly because of various grants at the national and local level: The local incentive programme in Szczawnica in southern Poland has already helped in setting up more than 1,500 collectors in households (see photo).
Photo: szczawnica.pl

Poland: Mixed Review of the first ever residential Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 3, 2011

 Rebate and loan programme in Poland” After the first six months of the first ever residential rebate and loan programme in Poland, the industry was left with mixed feelings toward its success. On the one side, the sector welcomes the expansion of eligible technologies. Since 17 January 2011, solar combi systems which supply space heating and hot water, too, are eligible for the scheme run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW). However, collector manufacturers have criticised some of the regulations which have led to a much lower subsidy rate than was promised. Whereas the NFOŚiGW announced that up to 45 % of the investment costs of the system including installation are covered by the rebate, in reality, this share decreases to 20 to 30 %.
Photo: inwestujwkolektory.pl

Poland: Residential Support Programme to finally start

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 3, 2010

Long-awaited, but finally happening: Poland's launch of the subsidy scheme for residential home owners, and multi-family houses not connected to district heating systems. Run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW), its start at the end of August 2010 ended a long period of transition: The last financial incentives for solar thermal installations had been paid out in 2009.

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