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Simplifying the installation of solar systems in Hungary

To make the installation of solar systems even easier, the government is significantly speeding up and simplifying the process.

Minister of State for Energy at the Ministry of Technology and Industry Attila Steiner said that the possibility of connecting to the grid would be suspended for newly connected residential solar systems. The producers concerned can continue to use the electricity they generate for their own purposes.

In order to ensure that the energy produced is available even when the weather does not allow the solar panels to operate, it is advisable to install a battery. In this way, households can not only produce but also store their own energy and are not dependent on the central grid. The government will also encourage their installation by launching an energy storage subsidy scheme as soon as EU funds become available, he said.

The suspension of feed-in is expected to last until grid development and balancing catch up with demand from the growth of renewable systems, Steiner said.

The aim is for the grid to be able to accommodate significantly more green energy than before, so a significant part of EU financial resources will be devoted to the green switchover and the development of the electricity grid once negotiations with the European Union have been concluded, he added. 

The state secretary stressed that the government aims to increase the use of locally available, environmentally friendly solar energy in line with the Climate and Nature Action Plan and security of supply considerations, as Hungary has the best natural conditions in this area.

The use of solar energy has been increasing in recent years, mainly thanks to public subsidies. Hungary already has more than 1.5 times the capacity of the Paks nuclear power plant, with around 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity in operation, and will reach the 6 GW target for 2030 much sooner, Steiner pointed out.  

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