- Hans Weber
- September 28, 2023
Czech Republic Offers Substantial State Subsidies for Energy-Saving Measures Through “New Green Savings” Program
Households in the Czech Republic now have the opportunity to benefit from significant state subsidies for energy-saving initiatives through the implementation of the “New Green Savings” (Nová zelená úsporám or NZÚ) program. Designed to promote energy efficiency, the program provides financial support for a diverse range of projects aimed at reducing energy consumption and fostering sustainability. Contrary to popular belief, the subsidies offered are not limited to solar panels or heat pumps, but encompass a wide array of energy-saving measures.
Detailed information about the available subsidies and their respective amounts can be found on the official website novazelenausporam.cz, with some subsidies reaching as high as 650,000 Czech crowns. Among the eligible projects, insulation for houses stands out, covering external walls, roofs, ceilings, floors, and winter gardens. The support also extends to the replacement of windows, doors, and other structural openings. The lowest subsidy starts at 30,000 crowns, targeting single-family houses or recreational homes with a maximum of three units.
In addition to insulation, the program offers subsidies for utilizing heat from wastewater to heat clean cold water. The subsidy amount ranges from 5,000 to 50,000 crowns, depending on the chosen system, such as a heat exchanger or a heat pump. The program further incentivizes the replacement of non-ecological boilers and stoves, serving as the primary heat source, with biomass boilers or heat pumps. The subsidy amount for this measure varies from 30,000 to 140,000 crowns, depending on the preferred solution.
Households can also benefit from subsidies for the installation of domestic photovoltaic power plants, which are connected to the distribution system and primarily serve the energy needs of the house itself. The support for this project ranges from 40,000 to 200,000 crowns, depending on the power output of the system. The program extends its financial assistance to the construction or purchase of new energy-efficient houses, with subsidies ranging from 200,000 to 500,000 crowns. First-time homeowners, house builders, or buyers within two years of completion are eligible for these subsidies.
Other measures covered by the “New Green Savings” program include solar water heating systems, controlled ventilation systems with heat recovery, charging stations for electric vehicles, and various eco-friendly initiatives such as roof greening, shading technology for buildings, and rainwater utilization systems.
To apply for the subsidies, interested individuals should visit the website www.novazelenausporam.cz, review the program’s conditions, engage a designer or energy specialist, set up an electronic citizen identity, gather the necessary documents, and submit the application through the online portal. Applicants can expect to receive a response from the authorities regarding any additional requirements or an acceptance letter. Professional technical supervision during project implementation is also recommended.
The “New Green Savings” program in the Czech Republic offers households a range of generous subsidies to encourage energy-saving measures, supporting various projects that promote energy efficiency, reduce consumption, and contribute to a sustainable future. By availing these subsidies, households can make significant strides in reducing their environmental footprint while reaping the long-term benefits of lower energy costs and enhanced sustainability.
Article by Prague Forum