According to the latest announcements, the Ministry of Mining and Energy has introduced a novelty within the project for increasing the energy efficiency of residential buildings. The ministry now plans to subsidize the installation of solar panels, and a competition for the allocation of these funds will be announced soon.

The Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlović, recently announced that the public call for subsidizing the installation of solar panels will be at the end of August or the beginning of September.

– As far as solar panels are concerned, this is the first time that we have made a condition for something like that in the law. What is important for solar panels, we have reduced the procedures for installing panels and connecting them to the network – said the relevant minister recently.

She pointed out that the public call for subsidies will enable the reduction of the costs of installing solar panels, because, as she pointed out on that occasion, no matter how much the prices were lower than five, six or seven years ago, people need help to massively set about setting up these panels.

Which subsidy model will be used?

In the official response sent to the media by the Ministry of Mining and Energy, the allocation of subsidies for the installation of solar panels will follow the same financing model used to co-finance the energy rehabilitation of residential buildings, family houses and apartments.

The implementation of the public call for co-financing the installation of solar panels has been announced for the end of August, or the beginning of September 2021 at the latest.

– For the allocation of funds to citizens, a mechanism is envisaged to allocate funds in cooperation and with the co-financing of local self-government units through economic entities. The same model will be applied as for financing the energy rehabilitation of residential buildings, family houses and apartments. Citizens will be able to apply for the public invitation with the pro-forma invoice of selected economic entities – the Ministry of Mining and Energy states.

Local governments will provide up to 25% incentives while citizens will participate with at least 50% of their own funds.

According to the ministry, subsidies for solar panels will be granted only to citizens who will use the concept of a buyer-manufacturer.

– Although the introduction of this concept is an incentive measure in itself, because it allows the investment to return in a period of eight to 10 years, and after that electricity production becomes free, the Ministry has decided to support the first customers-producers to before it came to life – they conclude from the Ministry.

What is the buyer-producer concept?

The decree on the buyer-producer should be passed soon, according to the announcements from the ministry, at the end of July.

According to the Ministry, the buyer-producer will conclude a contract with the supplier, which deals with the sale of electricity, and in case it is in the household category, a contract on the complete supply with net metering will be concluded with the supplier.

Net metering is a process within which the buyer-producer, as the owner of the plant, produces energy for his own needs. Excess energy produced is delivered to the distribution network, and in case it has not produced enough, it withdraws energy from the network.

Electricity delivered to the grid during one month can be used during the next billing period. The technical conditions for billing and metering point are obliged to be provided by the distribution network operator.

The advantage of the buyer-producer system is that there is no investment in energy storage, the opportunity to generate additional income, or reduce energy costs, active participation in the electricity market, but also contribute to preserving the environment and reducing network losses.

Facilitated procedure for installation and use of panels

According to the Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources, the procedure of installation and use of panels is simplified and requires only four steps: collecting technical documentation, decision on approval of works, installation of panels, concluding contracts with the operator.

Two solar panels save 15% of monthly consumption

According to existing calculations, with two solar panels installed in one home, a family can save as much as 15% of monthly electricity consumption. As the number of panels increases, so does the percentage of savings on the electricity bill.

The average household consumes about 600 kilowatt hours per month. With two kilowatts, solar panels can produce from 200 to 250 kilowatt hours, and by that much they could reduce the consumption of electricity that they take from the network.

– That system for two kilowatts is a system without batteries, it would cost around 3,000 EUR. However, it does not have to be the smallest investment, it is possible, for example, to install a solar panel of one kilowatt, which would be around 1,600 EUR – the Ministry points out.

The investment can be repaid in seven or eight years, directly through savings.

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