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Will eco-power subsidies resume?

SUBSIDIES for the purchase of solar collectors or biomass boilers for households might be revived in 2014. The Economy Ministry wants money to be allocated for such subsidies in the state budget for 2014.

Those harnessing the sun for generation of electricity received the most.Those harnessing the sun for generation of electricity received the most. (Source: SME)

SUBSIDIES for the purchase of solar collectors or biomass boilers for households might be revived in 2014. The Economy Ministry wants money to be allocated for such subsidies in the state budget for 2014.

“We will require money from the state budget for this support programme,” Economy Ministry spokesperson Stanislav Jurikovič said, as quoted by the SITA newswire on April 1.

This year the ministry does not have any money to subsidise the purchase of solar collectors or biomass boilers because of the consolidation of public finances.

Then economy minister Ľubomír Jahnátek introduced subsidies for purchase of solar collectors and biomass boilers for households in 2009. At the time, he allocated €8 million for the purpose, and the project attracted considerable interest. The Economy Ministry announced in October 2011 that registered applications by households for subsidies had exceeded the available funds.

The state subsidised the purchase of solar collectors for family houses at a rate of €200 per square metre of collector installed, up to a maximum of eight square metres. Apartment blocks were able to apply for subsidies of €100 per square metre for installed surfaces up to a maximum of three square metres per apartment. Purchases of biomass-fired boilers attracted a subsidy of 30 percent of the purchase price up to a maximum of €1000.

Milan Novák, the head of Thermosolar, a Slovak company producing solar collectors, estimated that as many as 90 percent of all solar sets for households in Slovakia in 2011 were sold with the help of subsidies.

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