Prague will become self-sufficient in energy

With the aim of tackling the sharp rise in energy prices and strengthening Prague’s energy self-sufficiency, new plans are in place for the municipality to help install solar panels and subsidies in the capital.

According to the approved climate strategy, the city’s goal is to install panels on 20,000 buildings in Prague by 2030 and to gain hundreds of megawatts of power, which will be made possible through the introduction of new initiatives.

Soon a new company in the city called Prague Renewable Energy Community (PSOE) will offer a grant for the installation of a solar panel on their roof, and another company in the city – Technology of the Capital City of Prague (THMP) – will also help with the installation under favorable conditions.

Residents of Prague can start applying from December 1.

“In the case of individuals, they will use the Green Savings grant program, and public organizations will then be able to use the money from the new Modernization Fund,” explained the director of the newly created organization, Jaroslav Klusák.

The Prague city hall also announced the creation of a new organization for renewable energies already included in its climate commitments, which should help to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by 2030.

The sharp rise in energy prices in Prague has accelerated these stages as it continues to grow rapidly and unpredictably.

“The solution is to switch to renewable sources and thus increase the energy self-sufficiency of Prague’s households,” explained Petr Hlubuček (STAN), deputy mayor of the city of Prague.

It will be possible to join the Prague Renewable Energy Community in the following four ways, according to the website.

“The first is intended for owners and residents of apartments or apartment buildings in the territory of Prague who wish to install a photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof to use it mainly to supply electricity to households in the house that show an interest without bringing the merger of the points of consumption in the house.

Owners of family homes who already own a solar power plant or wish to buy one in the near future and are not satisfied with the conditions for purchasing electricity that they do not consume themselves will also be able to participate.

The third group of possible participants are those who cannot have photovoltaics in their house but who wish to become a co-investor in its construction elsewhere and consumer of energy produced from it.

The fourth connection mode is then intended exclusively for administrators of urban buildings.

Prague also plans to build photovoltaic power plants on the roofs of city buildings, according to Hlubuček – around 100 of them are expected to be built by next year.

“The city’s buildings will of course be involved in the project, but the aim is to involve as many people from Prague and private entities as possible,” he concluded.

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