The generous government incentives. The bank availability to grant credits. Czechs discover that solar system is convenient, with some doubts, though…
Czech Republic is going through an amazing time for the development in the photovoltaic field. An enormous development which comes totally unforeseen.
Only two years ago to trust this source of energy were just very few citizens who, thoroughly believing in the sun potentiality in a country located in the centre of Europe, had to face ironical attitudes and the inevitable reluctance of the banks to finance power systems of that kind.
Then, all of a sudden, the present boom. The general impression is that you just need to propose an almost feasible project to be able to count on the largest willingness of credit institutions to be granted a loan.
Figures do prove that. Experts preview that in Czech Republic the power of the solar panels installed will increase from 50 to 300 megawatt. In 2007, when Czech authority for the energy regulation (Energeticky Regulacní Úrad – Eru),
quantified the photovoltaic plants, the total power was equal to only 350 kilowatt.
Now in Czech Republic, wherever some sun ray shines, there rise solar panels. Especially in the region of southern Moravia and often in areas which were originally dedicated to industrial uses.
Among the foreign investors the Germans seem to be the most ready to profit from the Czech photovoltaic market.
Right in southern Moravia, in the industrial area of Uhersky Brod, has just been announced the implementation, within this year, of a plant boasting a power of 9,9 megawatt covering an area of twenty hectares. It is supposed to become one of the largest in Czech Republic.
This fervour for the solar is also infecting the rest of the country. Right at the end of July, near Most in northern Bohemia, a plant including 10,500 panels with a power of 2,12 megawatt was successfully set up.
Three are the key factors favouring this development. The first one and by far the most important, is the generous system of public incentives which has financed this type of energy. The companies providing electricity are in fact forced to buy the electricity produced by solar plants at convenient prices guaranteed by the Government. The energetic authority guarantees a stimulating price of the produced energy, warranting this year for net supplies a price of 12,89 Czech korunas (about the half of 1 euro) per kilowatt. To producers is guaranteed this rate no matter how large their plant is.
The second reason is of course the large availability provided by credit institutions to finance the investments in the photovoltaic system. A trend that seems to be destined to further increase and that will lead to a predictable growth in this kind of alternative energy.
In addition, in Czech Republic the plants exploiting solar energy are earning surely more praise than wind power which are instead far less environmental friendly, especially regarding acoustic pollution.
And yet, there is still someone who invites to be prudent. The reasons being the following.
Firs of all, according to some experts, due to the inadequate power of the electric net. In Czech Republic the net operators are obliged to accept the new photovoltaic power systems and to buy the current. The connection to a plant of large size implies negotiations with the net operators who are actually forced by law to connect a solar system only provided that the connection costs are reduced to the minimum and that a sufficient net power is available.
Notwithstanding the photovoltaic boom, someone suggests we should be cautious and that the present trend might reveal itself partly illusory, even because it is difficult to find large size lands where to build big solar energy power systems.