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The Government approved a draft amendment to the Act on the Energy Performance of Buildings. In addition to the contribution to the insulation of family houses, the amount of five hundred euros remains for project documentation and energy certificate. At the same time, the share of aid will increase from 30% to 40% of eligible and reimbursed costs.   The state's contribution to the insulation of family houses older than ten years will increase from the current six thousand to eight thousand euros. In addition, five hundred euros remain for project documentation and energy certification. At the same time, the share of aid will increase from 30% to 40% of eligible and reimbursed costs. This stems from the draft amendment to the Energy Performance of Buildings Act approved by the government on Wednesday.   Increasing the contribution to the insulation of family houses will allow for a larger range of work to be carried out. As the submitter, the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic justified the proposed amendment by the government's commitment to continue the building insulation program with the simplification of administration. The proposal also includes a reduction in the number of required annexes to the application for the contribution to the insulation of a family house. The amendment to the Act on the Energy Performance of Buildings, after its approval in Parliament, is due to take effect on 1 June this year.   It is possible to provide a contribution for thermal insulation of a family house on the basis of the previous amendment to the Act on Energy Efficiency of Buildings effective from 1 January 2016. At present, it is possible to provide a contribution only after the implementation of the insulation of the family house. Owners of family houses must therefore have sufficient own resources or have to take out loans to finance construction works related to the improvement of the energy performance of the family home, until the thermal insulation is completed. Along with thermal insulation it is necessary to replace the heat source for efficient production of thermal energy.   The Ministry of Transport and Construction has so far announced two calls for applications for granting a contribution for the insulation of a family house. In Slovakia, there are approximately eight hundred thousand inhabited houses, of which about 35% have been restored. Source : SITA


Approximately 15,000 renewable energy facilities should be added to Slovak households. In the framework of the Green Households project, the state will contribute to small installations with a capacity of up to 10 kilowatts. Grants from the state budget and eurofunds will go to photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, solar collectors, biomass boilers and heat pumps, including their installation. The price of the device and the installation will reduce the voucher. The state will pay a maximum of 50 percent of the costs. The voucher will also be available for a non-approved family house. However, it is necessary to have a property sheet in which the house is registered as a construction under construction. A copy of the building permit is attached to the ownership sheet. In the first stage, € 45 million should be spent. Overall, this form of support should be up to € 115 million. State grants for biomass boilers and solar collectors were already distributed between 2009 and 2011. At that time, households installed 5,410 solar systems in family houses and 39 in apartment buildings. 1 427 households contributed to the biomass boiler. The program initially earmarked 8 million, then reduced the amount to 6.6 million euros. That is why many households did not get a contribution. Grants were then provided under the Higher Uses of Biomass and Solar Energy Program in Households. Today, it is money from the eurofunds, so there is no risk that people will not get to subsidize the new program. "To support the installation, once more resources are earmarked than in the past, and will be available until 2020. This should not really be a problem," said Sylvia Pálková of the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA), who is implementing the project.


Project should start in the fall

Support for the installation of small equipment for the use of RES will take place within individual rounds for which specific conditions will be defined. The first round of support will be announced after the approval of the national Green Household project and the end of the review by which the European Commission examines the preparedness of individual intermediary organizations to administer the support. Pálková says that SIEA's goal is to declare the first round of support as soon as possible so that the households can use the first facilities this year. It is assumed that the national project will be launched in the autumn months. As of August 14, a registration of the facilities for which a subsidy can be obtained is launched on the project site. Owners of family houses and apartment buildings still cannot ask for a device voucher. However, they should take advantage of the time to start the project to orient themselves in the issue. They can use the free energy advice provided by SIEA professional consultants in the counseling centers in Trenčín, Banská Bystrica and Košice by e-mail, in person or by phone. Basic information on the use of renewable energy sources is available on the Live Energy portal. Information can also be obtained at seminars organized by SIEA on 7 September in Martin and on 10 September 2015 in Bratislava. The seminar program and registration form is published in the News section of the SIEA website. According to S. Palkova, systems that are very large and therefore have a higher output than the maximum support threshold or are very expensive solutions may not receive the maximum support amount. The support mechanism and planned rates are said to be set so that most households with adequate energy consumption reach 50 percent of support.


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Who can get support and what high

It is important for the household to know the specific type and installed capacity of the device, since the amount of support depends on it. The installed power determines how much power the device will be able to produce, replacing fossil fuel power generation. Households will be able to choose from a list of devices posted on the web that meet the technical specifications. Consequently, it can electronically request the issue of a voucher to be applied to the contractor during installation. The installation documentation will be submitted directly to the SIEA by the contractors, ie the installers. The agency has already posted general terms of support on its website. For each round he will publish another one. Households will receive vouchers that can be applied directly to contractors during installation. Vouchers cover part of the cost of delivery and installation of the entire system. For each type of facility, the rate per 1 kilowatt of power installed and the maximum amount of support for installation are determined. The conditions will be set to support in most cases approximately one third to half of the expenditure. In so doing, support may not exceed 50 percent of eligible expenditure. Total eligible costs will be apparent from a specific installation invoice. Since the maximum support may be a maximum of half of the eligible expenditure, the value shown on the voucher may not be fully reimbursed. This applies in particular to less costly installations. At that time, the contractor should also notify the household that the aid amount will be less than the amount indicated on the voucher. Targeted rates per installed kilowatt of plant output result from total spending on typical, model installations. The agency claims that the maximum amount of support is chosen to cover the needs of most of the installations for which households choose. There should be no preference for households that can afford to invest in a range of larger installations.


What device should you choose

There are many technologies of varying quality on the market, making it difficult for households to choose. The cheapest device doesn't mean the most efficient. “Households should primarily focus on making the type of equipment and its performance suitable for it. The amount of support, ie 50% or less, depends on several factors and it is not good to choose a device accordingly, ”remarks S. Pálková. The agency will publish a list of the devices to choose from on the web. It will be updated continuously. The terms of support are, according to S. Pálková, set up so that you can get maximum support for quality systems with adequate performance, longer lifespan and higher energy conversion efficiency installed by professionals.


Choice of supplier and equipment installer

The Green Households project page will keep an up-to-date list of contractors who have concluded a voucher reimbursement contract with SIEA. From them, households must request technical proposals and quotations. Then they choose the best solution. When you have offers, you can use them to apply for the device over the Internet. The state transferred the entire agenda of processing to the contractor. He should tell you if you are entitled to a voucher discount. Before signing a contract with him, check which provisions he recommends to include the SIEA in the contract.


Request for a Voucher

Households will also be able to get more multi-home vouchers they own. The condition is that the house or part of it is not leased to another natural person or to individuals for the purpose of housing. An apartment or a house cannot be in a business property either. The voucher application form has not yet been posted to the SIEA website. You select the technical information from the device list. In addition to the type of equipment of the production type, the manufacturer also mentions the number of pieces, the total power and, in the case of electricity generating plants, also the capacity of the accumulators if excess electricity is to be stored during installation. You must also provide exact location information, including the property number and property ownership number. The Contribution and Use Agreement, which includes a voucher, will not be returned to the household by return, but by e-mail within 30 days of receipt of the voucher request. The voucher will reduce your equipment and installation costs. The contract must then be printed in at least two copies and each signed. You will then hand it over to the contractor, with your officially certified signature on it. In the case of several owners, it is necessary to ensure the signature of an absolute majority of owners. In case of spouses' joint ownership, both spouses sign the contract. You will also receive the affidavit of the household eligibility and the voucher release criteria along with the contract. In order for a voucher to be issued, the household must apply it to the contractor with whom it has a facility installation contract, no later than 30 days after the date indicated on the voucher.   Most of the support-related administration will be provided by the contractor for you. "This is the difference with a similar program that has been implemented in Slovakia in the past," says S. Pálková. At that time, the applicant had to deal with everything. You must submit the necessary documents to the Contractor. It is a contribution and use contract, including a voucher and a declaration of eligibility for the household, and the criteria for issuing a voucher and other mandatory annexes. Where appropriate, an original or a certified copy of the document proving the eligibility of the person representing the applicant, such as an administrator, parent or guardian, shall also be submitted. An obligatory annex for multi-dwelling buildings is the consent of an absolute majority of apartment owners with the installation of a dwelling house and an energy audit, in which measures are proposed taking into account the use of energy savings potential (eg thermal insulation or replacement of windows) and subsequent installation of equipment. It must also be stated in the energy audit whether heat for heating or hot water is supplied to the apartment building from efficient central heating systems.


Installation of device

After signing the contract and transferring the voucher, the company will install the device. The installation must not be completed before the date of issue of the voucher. This means that the invoice, delivery note and delivery report must be issued after the voucher is issued. It is not possible to reimburse already completed installations. Included in the installation are all mandatory revisions and exams. You will have to operate the device for at least two years. SIEA will reimburse the voucher to the contractor if the voucher reimbursement request is complete. If the amount on the voucher is less than 50 percent of the total eligible expenditure, SIEA will reimburse the entire amount stated on the voucher. If the amount on the voucher is more than 50 percent of the total eligible expenditure, SIEA will reimburse 50 percent of the total eligible expenditure.


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