• The Czech Republic has approved its energy climate plan for the year 2030
  • Under it, the country will aim for 22% of renewable energy share to be achieved by 2030, increasing from current levels of 15.6%
  • Solar PV segment is expected to have been assigned 1.9 GW target of total installed capacity by 2030

The Czech Republic has increased its target for renewable energy in total energy consumption from the current level of 15.6% to 22% to be achieved by 2030. The original target contemplated was 20.8%. This has been raised by the European country to increase its contribution to the EU target for renewable energy sources and is now part of its energy climate plan approved by the government, reported Česká televize, a public television broadcaster in the Czech Republic.

The local renewables industry had been asking the government to raise the target to 24.4% while the European Union (EU) had recommended the target to be at least 23%, as per the news report.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) headed by Karel Havlíček has raised the national solar PV target of installed capacity to up to 1.9 GW, something that hasn’t made the local Association of Modern Energy happy at all. Martin Sedlak while welcoming the improvement, believes the country holds more potential than that.

A September 2019 Deloitte study commissioned by the Association of Modern Energy and supported by Czech solar association Solarni Asociace claimed a potential between 6.85 GW to 9 GW of installed solar power capacity in the country by 2030.

Solarni Asociace’s website mentions a cumulative solar power capacity of Czech Republic till the end of 2018 as 2,083 MW. Between January 2019 and June 2019, distribution companies grid connected 1,241 new solar installations representing a total capacity as little as 7.51 MW.