EBRD is launching a €200 million framework for the modernisation of residential building stock in Poland

The potential to reduce Poland’s energy consumption, to change the energy mix and to lessen the dependency on energy imports is huge. The residential sector consumes about 40 per cent of the country’s primary energy, with space heating taking a 71 per cent share of this. To cover the heating needs of residential building stock Poland depends on coal, which accounts for 41 per cent of the energy mix for heating, the largest share for coal in the residential sector in the entire European Union.

The Polish Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (PolREFF) addresses this challenge by providing credit lines to local partner banks for on-lending to residential building owners, cooperatives, housing associations, developers and suppliers to support investments in the best-performing energy efficient equipment and materials for the residential sector. As the first financial institution to join PolREFF, Bank Zachodni WBK has already signed up to the framework, with a second institution expected to sign shortly.

A dedicated website, www.polreff.org, has been set up to provide the general public with all the information necessary to benefit from the available funds.

source: ebrd.com

9th Balkan Energy Finance Forum

The Balkan Energy Finance Forum has been organised to provide an platform for energy executives to discuss the future of the Balkan Energy Market. Main discussions will tackle issues on bankability of energy and renewable energy projects as well as risks and challenges associated with their development. Through utilising real-life case studies from across the energy sector, we will also be looking at how energy stakeholders can incorporate sustainable strategies and solutions into their new projects in order to maximise their profits from their energy investment.

• Meet industry leaders and experts: Up to 150 key decision makers and senior management at the event
• Gain new insight into energy market in the Balkan: Industry experts will discuss and present on current issues and opportunities
• Debate and challenge: Our interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions give you a chance to provide your point of view and ask important questions

31st oct-1st Nov2016, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia.



Romania - Green House and Green House Plus programs ready to start

The Environmental Fund Administration announced the opening of new programs Green House (Casa Verde) and Green House Plus (Casa Verde Plus) for 2016. Between October 10 to 24 at the headquarters of each county agencies are organizing session for submitting applications for funding under the program for the installation of heating systems using renewable energy, including replacing or supplementing conventional heating systems, individual payee.

Green House program involves subsidies for installing solar thermal and heat pumps. Subsidies values are 3,000 lei (about 650 euro) for non-pressurized type thermo siphon systems, 6,000 lei (about 1300 euro) for pressurized systems and 8,000 lei (about 1800 euro) for heat pumps. Each county has earmarked for a number of installations. The total amount of subsidy budget is 60 million lei (13, 3 million euro).

At the same time opened the session for the installation of heating systems using renewable energy, including replacing or supplementing traditional heating systems, with beneficiaries administrative units, public and religious units, which will be during October 17-November 14 . All amount allocated nationally is 34.739 million lei (7.71 million euro).

Green House Plus (Casa Verde Plus) program dealing with energy efficiency in buildings, addressed to individuals and legal entities is still in public debate. At end of the period of public debate will be analyzed observations considered appropriate and effective legal, following that version final funding guidelines to be submitted to the Cabinet Minister of Environment, Water and Forests for approval by Ministry. This program offers subsidies of up to a maximum of 80 lei (about 17 euro) per square meter, maximum 40,000 lei (approx 8900 euro) per project for the purchase and installation of materials for thermal insulation of exterior walls and interior roof insulation as defined in the program guide, related to new buildings and existing buildings.
After the publication of Ministerial Order approving the funding of four guides in the Official Gazette, by order of President of Environmental Fund Administration will be established during the registration session for acceptance of applicants.

The last session Green House (Casa Verde) program submission was in 2015  and Casa Verde Plus is a new program.



Turkey: “Solar Energy” conference in the Land of the Sun

The solar energy industry is coming together in Istanbul on December 06 – 08 , 2016.

The SOLARTR 2016 conference will be about solar energy, which is increasingly important in Turkey, and innovative technologies and applications for its widespread usage. It will take place in Istanbul on December 06-08, 2016.

This conference has been organized with the participation of the leading organizations in the solar energy industry. From university to industry, from public to contractors–all stakeholders will come together to evaluate the solar  industry and its development in all dimesions.

The international conference and exhibition SOLARTR 2016 will be about innovative technologies and applications in the widespread usage of solar energy, which is one of the main leverages in the development of low carbon economy. It will take place at in Istanbul on December 06-08, 2016 with the cooperation of universities, industrial firms, governmental organizations and NGOs.

With the Turkish Photovoltaic Technology Platform (UFTP) as the host, leaders in Turkey’s solar energy industry–from researchers to industry representatives, from public to contractors–all stakeholders will come together to evaluate solar energy and the development of the industry. These participants include the Ege University Solar Energy Institute (EGE-GEE), GAP Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Center (GAP-YENEV), Turkish Solar Energy Society (GUNDER), Tubitak Marmara Research Center (TUBITAK-MAM) and the General Directorate of Renewable Energy (YEGM).

The solar energy industry will be discussed in all dimesions with a variety of perspectives

The conference is planned to be organized every two years and will last for three days. Along with suggestions for the rapidly growing solar energy industry, road maps will be created that will help to ensure the elimination of threats as well as the removal of obstacles. Statutes and requirements, problem and solution suggestions as well as the national, regional and international demands of creating an integrated industry will be addressed.

At the conference a wide variety of issues will be discussed including the solar technologies (PV, thermal)  and the new trends, Measurement and characterization of PV materials and devices, PV power plants, Concentrated solar power (CSP, CPV), Operation, performance and reliability of solar energy systems, Solar thermal and solar electricity markets and their dynamics,  Solar energy in urban planning, Solar cooling and heating, Large scale solar systems, Solar heat integration in industrial processes, Building integrated solar, Solar renovation of buildings, Contribution of solar energy to achieve net zero energy buildings, Energy storage systems, Hybrid systems, Rating and certification procedures, New materials and new concepts, Regulations and opportunities for regional development, Climate change and solar energy, Emission trading, Innovative financing models for solar systems, R&D, P&D and future collaborations, Environmental health and safety.

B2B Meetings and Project Market Event will highly contribute in developing integrated cooperation between solar energy industry and academy representatives during SOLARTR 2016 Conference and Exhibition which is being organized biannually.

For more information on SOLARTR 2016, please contact konferans@solartr.org.tr

21 condominiums received about 640 thousand UAH of state assistance for home insulation

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE) has made another reimbursement of the part of "warm" loans taken by condominiums in Oschadbank and Ukrgasbank within the state energy efficiency program. This time 21 condominiums have got compensation of their expenses on insulation in the amount of about 640 thousand UAH.

"Today the state energy efficiency program is a unique mechanism of cooperation between authorities and people towards energy efficiency in apartment buildings which has proved its effectiveness. The Government co-finances energy efficiency measures, thus reducing the financial burden on family budgets, and the population insulates houses, then saves on utility bills and meets the next heating season armed at all points", -  says Sergiy Savchuk, Head of the SAEE.

Sergiy Savchuk also draws attention to the program's transparency. "The program's terms allow to be convinced that the condominium really implements energy efficiency measures in the house. Banks enter data about condominiums into registers only after getting documents that confirm the intended use of the loan. The Agency, in turn, provides compensation according to these registers", - informs Head. The Agency's Chairman also reminds that the condominiums may apply to local authorities for additional compensation of the part of "warm" loans.

Overall, in 2016, condominiums that took part in the program received reimbursement in the amount of 3,78 million UAH.

For the entire duration of the program residents of multi-apartment buildings, who united in condominiums and participated in the state energy efficiency program, have got from the Government an irrevocable financial assistance in the amount of 8,74 million UAH to implement energy efficiency measures.

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Ukrainians choose power generation from solar energy

In Ukraine there are more and more private households who take care about its energy independence, choose alternative energy sources and install solar panels to produce electricity. The state, in turn, gives them encouragement - "green" tariff.

"Today 430 private households have already installed solar panels with total installed capacity of 5.06 MW. For comparison, in 2015 there were 244 such initiative homeowners and in 2014 only 21", - said Sergiy Savchuk, Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, commenting the statistic data.

According to Sergiy Savchuk, such positive statistics is a result of an effective Law of Ukraine dated June 4, 2015 № 514-VIII that ensures competitive conditions for power generation from alternative energy sources.

"This law introduced the "green" tariff for purchase of electricity produced by solar power plants with capacity of up to 30 kW set by private households. What's the most important is that the tariff is fixed to the euro, allowing neutralize the inflation risks", - said Sergiy Savchuk, adding that households who have installed solar panels in 2016 can sell their excess power to the grid at a price of 19.01 cents per 1 kWh.

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