European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment



Renewable energy grants ensure sunny view

This project aims at encouraging households to install solar energy systems and at creating a sustainable financing
model at regional level to support the investments with 40% grants.



Country

Croatia

Start Date

2009

End Date

2011

Website

www.regea.org/342.html

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This initiative from a publication of Managenergy

Presentation of the project

The project has been running from 2009 to 2011 in four counties and several cities and municipalities in Croatia. Solar thermal collectors were selected according to proven efficiency and technological simplicity. Participating citizens could choose the manufacturer that they preferred and received a refund after the installation had been completed. The grants significantly reduced investment payback periods.

Budget

A total of 990 000€  (75% from the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund and 25% from counties involved)

Results

So far, 255 solar thermal systems have been installed with grant support. Households are expected to lower their energy consumption costs for hot water by up to 65%. Annual energy savings are estimated to be around 1 million kWh. Moreover, at least 20% of the solar systems are manufactured in Croatia – a welcome boost to the local economy. All systems were installed by local companies with a sizeable impact on employment.

Replicability 

Other regions in Croatia have already introduced similar schemes.

Contacts
Organisation

REGEA

Project contact

Hrvoje Maras