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Solar industry poised to play a key role in the Czech energy transition

The Czech Republic will phase out coal and renewable sources will play a key role in its replacement, according to Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček.

“There is no other way,” he said during the fifth edition of the Solar Conference 2021, the biggest event of the year dedicated to solar energy and storage in the Czech Republic.

“All indications are that the European Union will increase its green energy targets,” agreed Jan Krčmář, Chairman of the Board of the Czech Solar Association. “In the future, new renewable sources of electricity may also enable the production of green hydrogen and power electric cars in the Czech Republic. The solar industry is poised to play a key role in the energy transition. But this will not happen in the current unpredictable investor environment, without stability and clear political commitment. Instead of planning for the future, in the Czech Republic, we are dealing with eleven-year-old issues around the adequacy of support for old sources.”

Indeed, solar is undergoing a new growth period in the Czech Republic.

“Last year, more than ever, households and businesses were thinking about energy security and self-sufficiency,” confirmed Veronika Šilhová, Executive Director of the Czech Solar Association. “Installers from among our members are building more and more rooftop power plants. We are also seeing the first completely subsidy-free projects, which are common in the rest of Europe, but for which we lack a more active market and a stable investment environment. The Modernisation Fund will undoubtedly bring further impetus, but at the same time the whole renewable energy sector is hampered by the controversial amendment to the Act on Supported Sources, which is currently being discussed by the Chamber of Deputies.”

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