In line with EU obligations set under the climate change and energy package, the expansion of renewable energy has been placed high on the Polish agenda. However, while the Polish energy legislation and the work of the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management (Fund) have so far supported large-scale renewable energy projects, it is clear that local investment in renewable energy is needed to meet the EU target. In addition, local ownership increases social support for the new technologies, promotes social change, and decreases household contribution to climate change. In order to support this transition, the Fund developed, for the first time, a creative financing scheme targeted at households.
Under the programme, household owners or residential communities get a loan from one of the six partner banks for the purchase and installation of solar thermal collectors, and a subsidy which reimburses their costs (the loan) up to 45%. The results of the programme have been staggering. In addition to a high volume of applicants and beneficiaries, the programme has stimulated the Polish solar thermal manufacturing industry, promoted a rise in green employment and strengthened related interest groups, supported the development of new education programmes, and has clearly contributed to initiating the transition from a fossil fuel based energy system to an energy system with a larger share of clean technologies and renewable sources.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Renewable energy, solar thermal collectors, subsidised loan, households, residential communities|
|Short English description:||Under the programme, household owners or residential communities get a loan from one of the six partner banks for the purchase and installation of solar thermal collectors, and a subsidy which reimburses their costs (the loan) up to 45%.|
|Organisation:||National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|