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Czech Republic: Rapid Market Consolidation

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on November 1, 2013

Vermos, VK Technik and Láf Nerez are all former Czech producers or assemblers of solar thermal collectors which started in the 90s and closed down their business over the last three years. In 2008, there were twelve collector manufacturers in the Eastern European country. Seven have disappeared in the meantime or are planning to do so over the coming months, such as Solarplus and Svoboda. These are some of the results of the annual surveys from German market research agency solrico. Most of the collector manufacturers blame the worsening situation on the new national incentive programme Nová Zelená Úsporám. The scheme will most likely not create an additional 70,000 jobs as promised by the former Minister of Environment, Tomáš Chalupa (see photo) – at least not in the solar thermal sector.
Photo: Martin Divíšek/

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: Integrated Tank Collector Targets New Market Segments

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 2, 2012

Czech vacuum tube collector manufacturer Vermos has developed a completely new collector model with integrated tank which combines easy usability with a rather low price. The new solar system is available in two sizes: 35 litres (SAK 30) for ground installations and 50 litres (SAK 50) for roof mounting (see figure). According to Jiří Vlk, Managing Director of Vermos, the new development is a response to the high market pressure on the Czech market after the subsidy stop in 2010. A lot of smaller suppliers closed down their solar thermal businesses in 2011 and 2012, among them Solarex, Láf Nerez s.r.o., Stroírny Bohdalice a.s. and Ekosolaris a.s.
Figure: Vermos

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