Sustainable energy sources are on the rise in Hungary, with consumption of solar energy doubling in 2019, the daily Magyar Hírlap said on Wednesday.
Citing the Hungary’s energy authority (MEKH), the daily said domestic energy production was up six percent in 2019. Domestic consumption at 1,113 PJ was level from the previous year but the size of the various inputs shifted, with solar energy doubling, while the production of bio fuels increased by 6 percent.
Nuclear and fossil-based energy production also rose in 2019,
though dirty lignite-based production fell by 13.5 percent and natural gas-based production grew by 18.5 percent.
Sustainable energy resources provided 9.7 percent of the gross energy consumption in Hungary in 2019, MEKH said.
Solar usage would increase even more if E-ON allowed systems with battery storage capability for homeowners. NO point having a grid tied ONLY solar system that goes down when the grid goes down. With a proper automated transfer switch that completely disconnects your home from the grid when it is down is not dangerous to E-ON employees. I cannot see spending money for something that cost a lot and doesn’t work when you need it the most when the power company is offline.
An effective way to boost solar power and other renewables would be to substantially reduce the VAT (afa) on the kit and installation. This would significantly boost retrofitting to older buildings. Another stimulus would be to increase the feed in tariff that householders and commercial building owners receive. Best practice can easily be observed in some European countries and emulated. It just takes political will and the acceptance that coal generated power is now unacceptable.