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The solar tender will help tens of thousands of families further reduce their utility bills

A record number of applications have been submitted for the first phase of the residential solar tender.

The grant of more than HUF 200 billion could help tens of thousands of families with below-average incomes to further reduce their utility bills, Attila Steiner, minister of state for energy at the Ministry of Technology and Industry, said. 

The government seeks to further strengthen the energy security of Hungarian households and to contribute to climate protection targets by supporting the uptake of residential solar panels.

The residential tender, launched in December 2021, will help households replace polluting heating systems with modern, environmentally friendly solutions based on renewable energy sources, allowing families to generate their own cheap electricity.

The tender is part of Hungary’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, and the government will pre-fund investments to increase the energy efficiency of Hungarian families from the national budget until the plan is adopted by the European Commission.

According to the announcement, the call for applications was met with unprecedented interest, with more than 43,000 applications received. Because of this, the first phase has been increased to allow everyone eligible based on their application to receive support, with up to HUF 2.9 million for installing solar panels and up to HUF 11.3 million for installing energy-efficient heating systems.

For those who have not yet applied and wish to take advantage of this support, the second phase will offer the possibility to use the remaining funds from the first phase. 

The second phase will be open for applications for the Residential Solar Tender in spring 2023.

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