The combination of a cut in state subsidies at home and an increased demand for solar power in Hungary is leading many Czech companies to set up to invest in the country. However, the Czech government’s plans to reduce and eventually completely remove carbon dependency has led some to promote the benefits of increasing support for photovoltaics in the country.
The Czech Republic is under pressure from the EU to have more renewable and efficient resources in its energy mix. While companies are open to photovoltaic subsidies, the country cannot keep up with demand and is reluctant to write further calls, the news server iDnes.cz writes. What’s more, the program is complex; many smaller players would rather use photovoltaics without funding.
The freezing weather the Czech Republic has experienced in recent days is
coming to an end and temperatures could reach up to 15 degrees Celsius at
the end of March, according to a regular monthly forecast issued on
Saturday by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute.
In the coming fortnight daytime highs of around 6 degrees Celsius are expected, climbing to around 10 degrees Celsius in the second half of the month. It will still be rather cold at night, forecasters say.
Business daily E15 says that the Czech Republic appears to have lost at
least one of the outstanding arbitration procedures launched by investors
in solar power plants.
The paper says that a so far report to the Ministry of Finance suggests that in one of the six outstanding arbitration cases the investor has the rights to compensation.
It adds that the bill from this and other possible findings in favour of the claimants could come to billions of crowns. The arbitration procedures were launched after the Czech government imposed special taxes on solar investors in 2011 to claw back some of the payments made to them under a much criticised programme to boost renewable power.
A team of scientists from Brno University of Technology is getting ready for an upcoming expedition to monitor and record a total solar eclipse which will be visible across the continental United States on August 21. The team is particularly interested in studying the sun’s magnetic field and the distribution of ions in the solar corona.
Two managers of the power giant ČEZ have been charged with fraud over the licencing of a solar power plant in Čekanice, South Bohemia. The accused allegedly gave the plant final building approval although it was far from completed so that the owner could get a higher purchase price for electricity. ČEZ has refrained from commenting on the case. Police are investigating similar cases of fraud in connection with dozens of other solar power plants around the country.
Solar power proved a major and expensive turnoff for the Czech state and many Czechs after a misguided and rigid set of incentives were introduced almost a decade ago that have since cost the country billions of crowns in support payments. But a solar revival now looks like it is picking up pace based on households and not on so-called solar barons.
The police have launched criminal proceedings against five people in connection with the Ševětín photovoltaic power plant, charging them with fraud. The Prague High State Attorney’s Office published the news on its website. If found guilty, the suspects could face between five to 10 years behind bars; the power plant belongs to partly state-owned energy giant ČEZ.