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Photovoltaics, introduction of the tenant prosumer, Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda

Photovoltaics, introduction of the tenant prosumer, Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda

Photovoltaics, introduction of the tenant prosumer, Minister of Development and Technology Waldemar Buda

The subsidy for photovoltaic installations installed on multi-family houses managed by housing communities or cooperatives will amount to 50 percent of the value of the installation, announced the Minister of Development and Technology, Waldemar Buda, announcing the introduction of the “tenant prosumer”. He added that nearly half a billion zlotys will be allocated to the program and that the rules of energy billing will be changed to make it as profitable as possible.

During the press conference, the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Technology pointed out that in recent years there has been a very dynamic development of prosumer photovoltaics in single-family houses, most often in rural areas and in small towns. – We are convinced that cities, including large ones, should participate in this development. This can be done by introducing a tenant prosumer – said Buda.

Changing the rules of energy billing

Currently, the amount of the subsidy for photovoltaic installations on multi-family houses is the same as for individual houses, i.e. up to PLN 6,000. zloty. The Minister pointed out that under the proposed solution, the co-financing will be up to 50 percent. installation value.

– Today, in order to put an installation on a block, it is possible to co-finance, as in Moje Prąd, up to PLN 6,000. We propose a completely different philosophy. These installations will be a little bigger here, therefore the financing will be higher. We propose co-financing up to 50 percent, which means that with an average installation of 30 kilowatt hours, we are able to pay approximately PLN 75,000 for an installation worth PLN 150,000 – said the head of the Ministry of Agriculture and Tourism.

He added that the rules of energy billing will also be changed to make it as profitable as possible. – Today, with the principles of netbilling, we are dealing with a situation where we consume most of the energy on a self-consumption basis, while what we give to the network, in short, 20 percent, is billed to us. These new rules will consist in the fact that everything we produce in excess of self-consumption will be settled in full by the operator, the energy distributor, said the Minister of Development.

Almost half a billion zlotys are allocated for the program

The grant will cover the purchase, assembly or construction of a new installation RES or modernization of the installation, as a result of which the installed capacity will increase by at least 25%. Supporting installations, such as energy storage and heat pumps, will also be co-financed.

Buda announced that almost half a billion zlotys will be allocated to the program, for the time being under pre-financing from the Polish Development Fund. – The program is proof that we are mobilizing PFR funds to pre-finance investments planned in the KPO. This is one of the first programs that tangibly shows that we launched this instrument without waiting for the decisions of the European Commission, because we know that they will happen sooner or later – he said.

He announced that cooperatives and housing communities will be able to apply for co-financing of photovoltaic installations from 1 February to Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. He emphasized that for the average tenant of a block of flats, the program will bring significant savings.

MARD: financing also those investments that are in preparation

According to the ministry’s calculations, an exemplary building with 64 flats for common needs consumes 4 MWh per year, which means a cost of PLN 2,800. The photovoltaic installation produces up to 30 MWh per year, so it covers common consumption and gives revenues for the building in the amount of PLN 19,000. PLN 600 per year. As a result – according to the calculations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Tourism – tenants will not pay for energy in the common area and their own cost of consumption will decrease – in the given example, the average reduction per unit will be PLN 328 per year for the next 15 years. With a 50% subsidy, the expected return on investment is about 5 years – it was estimated.

– We would like this program to lead to such an explosion in the development of photovoltaic installations as My Electricity in 2-3 years – said Buda. He expressed his belief that photovoltaic installations will be built on most blocks in cities.

As he said, the ministry hopes that the first such investments will be built in the spring. – We are ready to finance also those investments that are in preparation – he added.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Tourism informed that – in accordance with the proposed solution – the manager of a multi-unit building (TBS, cooperative, community) will be able to invest in a larger installation than is needed for the common part. Self-consumption will only apply to the common part. All energy fed into the grid will be billed monthly with the seller at wholesale prices and credited to the owner’s account. The owner’s income will reduce the building’s maintenance costs, and the savings can be used, for example, for renovations. The prosumer (building manager) will have to report to the energy seller the method of settlement (i.e. the status of the tenant prosumer), documenting it with a resolution on the construction of such an installation.

The Ministry reminded that currently the following options are available for multi-unit buildings: powering the common area – prosumer settlement, i.e. self-consumption, and selling to the network at the average wholesale price. The surplus is credited to the energy account, and the rest is deposited in the account. Any excess at the end of the year is refunded in the amount of 20%. prosumer (for each month 20% of unused funds). If the roof area is small, the installation fully (or partially) covers the energy costs for the common area.

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