Czech Republic expands options for rooftop PV under Green Savings Programme

The Czech Ministry of the Environment (MŽP) and the State Environmental Fund (SFŽP) have announced that applications for new residential and commercial PV power projects under the incentive program for sustainable building, the so-called Green Savings Programme, will be accepted starting from September 4.

The MŽP said that investment support for commercial PV systems that are able to produce more than 4,000 kWh per year has been increased to CZK 150,000 (around $6,500). Furthermore, the minister said that existing PV installations, for which an investment support has been given under the previous phases of the program, can be further expanded through an additional support.

Under the program, commercial users can also get investment support for new solar installations, but there are limits – it can only be in combination with other measures, such as improving the energy efficiency of the company.

The scheme, which was launched in 2014, focuses on support for heating installations utilizing renewable energy sources but also investment in energy savings in reconstructions and new buildings. Thermal insulation projects are the most popular, followed by the change of heating systems and the installation of a rooftop PV power systems.

Although solar has not the largest share in the scheme, it was mainly responsible for the growth of PV in the Czech Republic over the past three years. In 2016, 4.83 MW of residential PV systems were connected to the grid. In 2014 and 2015, new additions totaled 2.6 MW and 1.1 MW, respectively.

In early May, the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade also announced it was providing subsidies for the installation of a PV system combined with storage under the incentive program storgaPodnikání a inovace pro konkurenceschopnost (OPPIK).