Poland: Anti-pollution Programme for Cities Subsidises Solar Thermal

On 1 March, the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) announced a new programme called KAWKA to reduce the air pollution in cities. KAWKA, which roughly translates as “Removal of low-efficient energy sources supporting the growth and deployment of decentralised renewable energy sources”, has a budget of Polish Zloty (PLN) 800 million (EUR 200 million) and will support a wide range of technologies, such as solar thermal, heat pumps, biogas and combined heating and power plants, until the end of 2013. Eligible applicants are municipalities of towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants, in which the massive use of fossil fuels - especially coal – for space heating has produced high dust pollution levels.

According to NFOŚiGW, 40 % of CO, 18 % of SO and 9 % of NO emissions in Poland come from burning fossil fuels in small heating plants at residential buildings. “KAWKA is going to stimulate Poland’s solar thermal industry”, Janusz Starościk, President of the Association of Heating Appliances Manufacturers and Importers (SPIUG), is convinced. The municipalities will receive grants equal to 90 % of the investment costs. Launched at the beginning of March, the programme will run for 5 years. To minimise administrative burdens, NFOŚiGW is planning only two application periods during this time. The date for the first period has not been published yet.

KAWKA’s budget is almost double the size of NFOŚiGW’s residential solar thermal subsidy scheme, which is thought to support new systems with PLN 450 million (EUR 112 million) over a four-year period between 2010 and 2014. By the end of January 2013, NFOŚiGW had spent 52% (PLN 236 million) of the budget and was planning to allocate another PLN 125 million this year. So far, this residential programme has subsidised 241,000 m2 of collector area.

More information:
NFOŚIGW site on KAWKAprogramme:
http://www.nfosigw.gov.pl/o-nfosigw/aktualnosci/art,414,kawka-program-dwoch-przelomow.html
NFOŚIGW site on solar thermal grant programme:
http://www.nfosigw.gov.pl/srodki-krajowe/doplaty-do-kredytow/doplaty-do-kredytow-na-kolektory-sloneczne/biezace-efekty-wdrazania/

Marcin Czekanski is a business reporter based in Szczecin, Poland.

 

The air polution programme ended at the end of 2017. Find information about the scheme in the following table. 

 

Country / region

Poland

Name of programme

KAWKA (Likwidacja niskiej emisji wspierająca wzrost efektywności energetycznej i rozwój rozproszonych odnawialnych źródeł energii = Removal of low-efficient energy sources supporting the growth and deployment of decentralised renewable energy sources)

Type of incentive

Investment subsidies

Eligible technologies

Solar thermal and among others heat pumps and biogas

Applicable sectors

Municipalities with over 10,000 inhabitants (this requirement does not refer to spa towns)

Amount

Depends on the project: To be determined by the local divisions of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW)

Maximum incentive

Up to 90 % of the investment value: However, the regional divisions of NFOŚiGW will set the precise regulations.

Requirements for system

NFOŚiGW publications have not yet stated any requirements

Requirements for installation

NFOŚiGW publications have not yet stated any requirements

Finance provider

Narodowy Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej (NFOŚiGW)

Total funds

PLN 800 million (EUR 200 million)

Funding source

Penalty fees collected through air and water pollution

Effective date

28 February 2013

Expiration date

31 December 2018

Website

http://www.nfosigw.gov.pl/oferta-finansowania/srodki-krajowe/programy-pr...

Last review of this tabloid

January 2018

Contact

Polish National Fund forEnvironmental Protection and Water Management

Programme coordinator: Mariusz Popiołek

m.popiolek@nfosigw.gov.pl

 

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