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Czech Republic: Residential Subsidy Scheme until 2021, More Eligible Technologies

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 8, 2016
PropulsAfter two shorter application periods, the Czech residential subsidy scheme Nova Zelena Usporam (New Green Savings) started into the third round on 22 October 2015 and is planned to run until the end of 2021. Whereas the first round had Czech Koruna (CZK) 1.9 billion allocated to the programme (April to December 2014) and the second one had to be content with CZK 0.9 billion (May to July 2015), there is now a total budget of CZK 27 billion, corresponding to CZK 4.4 billion per year. In absolute figures, it seems like an increase, but in view of the larger number of subsidised technologies, it is rather a budget reduction. Photovoltaic systems and connections to district heating and heat recovery are among the newly supported technologies. The good news for solar thermal system investors: There is no longer a requirement for an energy audit of the building before solar space heating is purchased. The first and second round required this audit in case of a combi system. 
Photo: Propuls

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 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.

Czech Republic: Environment Ministry Proposes New Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 23, 2013

Now, the debate in the Czech Republic is about whether to revive the national subsidy scheme. In November 2012, the Czech Minister of Environment, Tomáš Chalupa, introduced a draft for a so-called Nová Zelená Úsporám or New Green Savings programme (see the attached presentations in Czech). The aim of the programme is to increase the energy efficiency of private and public buildings, such as nurseries, retirement homes, cultural buildings or sports centres. Both private households and municipalities would profit from grants financed through the sales of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) in emission trading.
Photo: Czech Ministry of the Environment

Hungary: Great Interest in Expired Residential Subsidy Scheme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on June 13, 2012

 Hungarian Ministry of National Development” The Hungarian Ministry of National Development reported a high interest in one of its recently halted support programmes. According to the ministry’s statement from 17 May, it received 5,686 applications for the "Sub programme to set up solar collector systems that facilitate the use of renewable energies, generate residential hot water and provide space heating”. The ministry also stated that 2,300 of these applications have already been approved: “The total amount requested in the applications reaches the Hungarian Forint (HUF) 2.97 billion (EUR 10 million) available.” The sub programme was launched at the beginning of October 2011 and expired - after several extensions - on 15 May 2012.

Czech Republic: Political Discussions about Subsidy Scheme Problems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 25, 2011

 Minister of the Environment, Tomáš Chalupa (left) and Martin Bursík (right), the former Minister of the Environment and one of the founders of Zelena Usporam” The Czech subsidy programme Zelena Usporam (Green Savings) is missing between Czech Koruny (CZK) 3 to 5 billion in order to satisfy all the applications already submitted (see news). The current Minister of the Environment, Tomáš Chalupa (left), blamed the founders of Zelena Usporam, saying that the subsidy programme had been steadily facing problems since the very beginning. In response, Martin Bursík (right), the former Minister of the Environment and one of the founders of Zelena Usporam, criticised the current administration of the subsidy programme for having stopped the programme too late - most probably for political reasons. According to Zelena Usporam, it is going to take another few weeks until all of the applications are processed. Until then, no further information will be available on the future of the programme.
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Czech Republic: Emission Trading Revenues extend Incentive Programme

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 22, 2010

 Rut Bizkova and Yasuhiro Shimizu” Signed in July by Rut Bizkova, the Czech Republic's Environment Minister, and Yasuhiro Shimizu, Japanese Executive Director of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, the new supplement to an emission trading contract leads to improvements in the Green Savings Programme.

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