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From October, a new Prague contributory organization dealing with the development of photovoltaics and other renewable energy sources will start operating. The establishment of an organization called the Prague Renewable Energy Community was approved by the councilors. Its main task is to build photovoltaic panels on the roofs of city buildings, next year, according to Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček (STAN), 40 schools and social facilities should be installed.
According to the deputy, the goal is to produce clean and cheap energy for Praguers. He added that the city can install up to 7,000 buildings, only a thousand of those schools. By 2030, according to the city’s climate strategy, the goal is to install photovoltaics on 20,000 Prague buildings and gain four megawatts of power, Hlubuček added.
“For the year 2022, we expect the selection of a contractor and the subsequent implementation of a pilot project for the simultaneous construction of a total of 40 solar power plants at selected schools and social facilities,” he said. He added that the municipality asked for European money for the projects.
According to the deputy, the new organization has five employees, three of whom will transfer from the existing municipal department of the energy manager. Its operation is to cost low units of millions this year, and next year it is to be financed up to 90 percent from European funds. “If the organization also pays attention to other forms of renewable energy sources, heat and biogas,” said Hlubuček.
The first project for the installation of photovoltaic panels in Černý Most was approved by councilors at the end of last year. Trial operation is scheduled for the end of this year. Then the city will evaluate it and establish other similar projects, which should already be in charge of a new contributory organization. According to earlier statements, it could also offer its services to private homeowners.
According to a recently published analysis carried out for the Alliance for Energy Self-Sufficiency by the consulting company EkoWATT, the roofs of family and apartment houses in and around metropolitan areas can have sufficient photovoltaic performance for 120,000 to 170,000 households. The installed capacity of solar power plants in the Czech Republic has otherwise stagnated or increased only slightly since 2012. According to experts, the reason is the end of support for the field of renewable sources after the so-called solar boom.