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Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Chelsea

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Solar Energy Legislation Slow To Move Through Polish Government

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January 23rd, 2013 by  

One step forward, two steps backward? We sure hope that’s not how it goes with solar subsidies in Poland. New regulations for solar subsidies were expected to be hashed out in 2012 and ready for implementation at the start of 2013, but discussion about reorganization has been stalled.

According to PV Magazine, the best case scenario is that the Polish cabinet finalizes a draft to be presented to parliament at the end of March and then — fingers crossed — that legislation will become law at the beginning of 2014.

It’s not all bad news out of Poland, though. The central European country surpassed original green power output by about 0.7 percent in 2012, mostly thanks to biomass and wind power generation.

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is a former newspaper reporter who has spent the past few years teaching English in Poland, Finland and Japan. When she wasn't teaching or writing, Chelsea was traveling Europe and Asia, sampling spicy street food along the way.



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  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffrey.todd1 Jeffrey Todd

    Isn’t solar on the brink of being competitive without subsidies? Why pass them now?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Solar in Germany is getting installed at $2/watt and less, but that doesn’t mean that it can get installed as cheaply other places. The US, for example, isn’t that cheap yet.

      It takes a while to build up the instillation infrastructure. Companies have to be formed, workers trained, supply chains established. There has to be enough activity to allow things to become efficient. Subsidies support the industry while they develop and establish their efficiencies.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      There needs to be a supply chain built up still. US solar is about twice that of German solar, largely because of the supply chain and customer awareness.

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