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Hungary: Government Strengthens Support for Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Residential Market

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 26, 2017
Spring SolarWhile Hungary’s plans to add two Russian reactors to the Paks nuclear power station have caused quite the stir, the eastern European country’s green energy policies seem to have gone largely unnoticed. On 8 May 2017, during the first Nordic Green Light business forum in Hungary’s capital Budapest, László Szabó, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that his country was striving for a more demand-responsive energy infrastructure by utilising locally available renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. As a first step, it has started to offer zero-interest loans to homeowners for improving building efficiency and installing renewable energy systems. The photo shows a vacuum tube collector installation at the Panorama Hotel in Siófok, a town to the southwest of the Hungarian capital.
Photo: Spring Solar
 

Otthon Melege (Warm Homes) programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 26, 2017
Otthon Melege (Warm Homes) programme  is a state incentive scheme suitable for solar thermal energy installation among other efficiancy measures for buildings. The investment grants are offered in seperated calls (end of August 2016, June 2017) and the budget was usually exhausted within a few hours.
 
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Effective Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Zero-interest loans programme for solar collectors and other retrofit measures

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 26, 2017
Since April 2017 house and apartment owners in Hungary can apply for zero-interest loans over up to 20 years for improving building efficiency and installing renewable energy systems.  An article from 28 April on dailynewshungary.com stated that as many as 20,000 homeowners would profit from the credit line over the next years. 
 
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Effective Date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017

Renexpo Central Europe 2015, Budapest

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 11, 2014

Hungary's International Trade Fair and Congress for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place from 11 to 12 March 2015 at the Hungexpo Fair Center Budapest. Renexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for energy generation and power sector in Hungary. Visitors Profile: Architects, Planners, Project Developers, Public Authorities, Energy Providers, Energy Consultants, Developers, Producers, Trading, Handicraft, installation, Building Services, Wood and Forestry, Industry and Plant Construction.

Denmark/Hungary: Velux to Close Down Solar Collector Business

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 28, 2013

“The Velux Group has decided to discontinue sales of solar thermal collectors during the autumn 2013.” This was the first sentence of a short statement which appeared on the internet pages of the different Velux distribution partners in Europe in the middle of September 2013. It continued with the words: “Even though we stop selling solar thermal collectors, we will continue to provide service and spare parts for maintenance of your Velux solar thermal system.” By closing the chapter on its solar thermal endeavour, the Velux Group will once again focus only on its core business – selling roof and flat roof windows as well as blinds.
Photo: Velux

Renexpo Central Europe 2014, Budapest

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 8, 2013

Hungary's International Trade Fair and Congress for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place from 12 to 13 March 2014 at the Hungexpo Fair Center Budapest. Renexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for energy generation and power sector in Hungary. Visitors Profile: Architects, Planners, Project Developers, Public Authorities, Energy Providers, Energy Consultants, Developers, Producers, Trading, Handicraft, installation, Building Services, Wood and Forestry, Industry and Plant Construction.
 

EU Project: RELACS in Sustainable Holiday Accommodations

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 11, 2013

What have the Albena resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast (see photo), the Bräuer restaurant in Weißkirchen, Austria, and the 2 Danby Cottages in the UK’s Forest of Dean in common? They are all part of the RELACS network. RELACS is short for “REnewabLe energy for tourist ACcommodation buildingS”, a project funded by the European Commission programme Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE). Its partners include hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and youth hostels in ten European countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The photo shows the Arabella Beach hotel in Albena, Bulgaria, whose solar system produces 40 % of the building’s annual hot water.
Photo: RELACS

How to Finance a Large-scale Solar Thermal Plant

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 5, 2013

One of the organisations which have had experiences with RES leases over many years is the Austrian UniCredit Leasing. Josef Robert Straninger, Country Coordinator of the Competence Center Renewable Energies at UniCredit Leasing, explained at the SMEThermal conference in Berlin what steps are necessary to ensure the successful financing of large-scale projects (see the attached presentation). After the conference, solarthermalworld.org asked the expert about what he thought needed to be done and what he believed was important when financing a large-scale solar thermal plant in particular.
Photo: Stephanie Banse

Hungary: New Money for Commercial and Public Solar Thermal Systems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 26, 2013

From the end of 2011 on, the Hungarian government had asked the European Commission (EC) to allow the transfer of funds not spent within the Transport Operational Programme, KözOP, to the Environment and Energy Operational Programme, KEOP. The EC finally agreed in September 2012 and the government was able to announce the first tenders a few months later. “The Hungarian wish to rearrange the EU money was due to the huge funding demand for energy projects, which meant KEOP had been running out of resources,” says Katalin Zsóka, Assistant of Béla Glattfelder, a member of the European Parliament who founded Hungary’s solar association in November 2010.

Renexpo Central Europe 2013, Budapest

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 10, 2013

Hungary's International Trade Fair and Congress for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency will take place from 25 - 27 April 2013 at the Hungexpo Fair Center Budapest. Renexpo is one of the largest exhibitions for energy generation and power sector in Hungary. Visitors Profile: Architects, Planners, Project Developers, Public Authorities, Energy Providers, Energy Consultants, Developers, Producers, Trading, Handicraft, installation, Building Services, Wood and Forestry, Industry and Plant Construction.

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