Hungary to see record PV growth in 2018

The Eastern European country is expected to see between 300 and 400 MW of PV capacity deployed this year. This growth will be primarily driven by the FIT program, which closed in mid-2016. Net metered PV installations up to 50 kW represent another key market driver, while C&I projects between 50 kW to 500 kW have ground to a halt.

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Wärtsilä completes its first European energy storage project

Hungary-based Sinergy Kft is the recipient of Wärtsilä’s first EPC energy storage project in Europe. The Finnish technology group commissioned the engine plus storage hybrid installation, its first globally, on August 22. The VPP can now provide frequency and secondary regulation to the Hungarian national grid.

Hungary: EcoSolifer’s 100 MW HJT cell production line back on track

The vertically integrated Swiss company has announced work on its 100 MWp heterojunction PV cell manufacturing plant in Hungary is back on track, following a successful company restructuring. Originally, it was set to be online in 2016.

Hungary unexpectedly terminates FIT for PV projects ranging from 50 to 500 kW

The Hungarian government has amended its recently issued support scheme METAR, in order to introduce a tight deadline for residential and commercial PV, which will, in reality, mean the end of most of projects in this segment. The METAR scheme had been approved by the European Commission last summer.

Hungary’s oil and gas provider MOL enters solar business

The company will initially build solar facilities at three of its main industrial sites in Hungary, on currently unused areas.

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Japanese battery maker to start production in Hungary

Lithium ion (Li-ion) manufacturer, GS Yuasa has announced plans to establish a European subsidiary, and to construct a new manufacturing plant for lithium batteries in Miskolc, Hungary.

Hungary to launch 300 MW solar program for farmers

The new scheme envisages the construction of 600 solar farms with a capacity of 0.5 MW each.

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Hungarian government to encourage uptake of agricultural solar

Minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office, János Lázár, outlines plan to ease regulations regarding solar installations up to 500 kW installed on small one hectare sites, confirms government will offtake all solar energy produced.

Hungary grants 1-year grace period for PV projects under FIT scheme

The Hungarian government has updated the Decree 389/2007, which regulates the support for renewable energies, to allow around 2 GW of projects approved under the FIT program to see completion by the end of 2018, although the incentive scheme was closed in mid-2016.

EU greenlights Hungary’s incentive program for renewables

The European Commission said the support scheme is in line with its 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy.

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