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Priority Axis 3

Grants from the OPE for the Sustainable Use of Energy Sources

nullThinking about heating systems in buildings, hot water heating or producing electric energy from renewable sources? What about thermal insulation in buildings? Resources totalling almost EUR 673 million are available from the Cohesion Fund in the Operational Programme Environment (OPE) for such purposes.

The aim of support is to increase the use of renewable energy sources for generating heat and electric energy, as well as the use of waste heat.  

When to Apply for Grants

Your grant application can be submitted only during calls announced for a specific area of intervention. According to the preliminary plan, the call to submit applications for grants for projects concerning the use of renewable energy sources shall be announced at the beginning of 2009. A preliminary updated schedule of calls is available at http://www.opzp2007-2013.cz/.

However, the schedule is provided for information only and is subject to changes The actual application submission dates, as well as partial limitations of supported areas, will always be published together with each actual call.

As part of the calls announced to date for this area, we have received 1 061 applications totalling almost CZK 2 billion.

Who Can Apply for Grants

Municipalities, towns, regions, contributory organisations, universities, non-profit organisations and business organisations owned by municipalities and towns are encouraged to apply for grants. For an exact listing of subjects the conditions for submitting grant applications, and more detailed information, refer to the Implementation Document.

Areas of Intervention

  • 3.1 The construction of new facilities and the modernisation of the existing facilities with the aim to increase the use of renewable energy sources for heat generation, electric energy generation and for combined heat and electric energy generation- Almost EUR 363 million have been reserved for this area, representing 54% of Priority Axis 3's resources.
  • 3.2 Realisation of energy savings and the use of waste heat - More than EUR 310 million have been reserved for this area, representing 46% of Priority Axis 3's resources.

Amount of Support

  • Grants up to 85% of a project's total eligible expenditures.
  • A project's minimum amount of eligible expenses has been set at CZK 0.5 million.

Supported Project Types

Heat generation

  • The construction and modernisation of local and central heat sources using renewable energy sources for heating in buildings, cooling and hot water heating.

Electric energy generation

  • The installation of photovoltaic systems for electric energy generation.
  • The construction and modernisation of wind and small water power plants.
  • The construction of geothermal power plants and biomass burning plants (solid, gaseous or liquid biomass).
  • Grants may account for 20% of the total eligible expenses, however, there is a maximum limit of CZK 50 million.

Combined generation of electric energy and heat

  • The installation of co-generation facilities burning biogas, waste and sludge gas; biogas stations.
  • The installation of co-generation facilities using solid biomass.
  • Combined generation of electric energy and heat from geothermal energy.
  • Grants may account for 40% of the total eligible expenses, however, there is a maximum limit of CZK 100 million.

The realisation of energy savings

  • Reducing energy consumption by improving the thermal insulation characteristics of building envelopes.

The use of waste heat

  • Applying waste heat use technologies.

How to Proceed if You Are Interested in Obtaining a Grant

For detailed information on obtaining grants, see the OPE Implementation Document, the Guide for Applicants, the Guideline of the Ministry of the Environment for submitting applications and providing funds, and in the Binding Instructions for Applicants. All documents are available at http://www.opzp2007-2013.cz/

Glossary of Terms

A project's total eligible expenditures - For the exact definition, see the Implementation Document, Chapter 5 - Eligible Expenditures.
Implementation Document - A binding document providing information on support from the OPE. The document is available at http://www.opzp2007-2013.cz/.
Cogeneration facilities
- Facilities for the concurrent production of electricity and heat.
Photovoltaic systems - Systems that produce electricity from solar energy.

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