Subsidy (Operational Programme Quality of Environment)

Updated: 27.01.2017

Author: Boris Valach

The Operational Programme Quality of Environment (OP KŽP) allocates investment grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for natural and legal persons, associations or non-profit organisations. Renewable energy projects are eligible under Priority Axis 4 “Energy-efficient low-carbon economy in all sectors”, namely Investment Priority 4.1 “Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable sources”. 

Specific Target 4.1.1 “Increasing the share of RES in gross final energy consumption of the SR” is aimed at supporting the generation of heat and electricity from RES, thereby contributing to the achievement of the planned share of RES in gross final energy consumption until 2020. Eligible activities under this target include the replacement of inefficient solid fuel fired boilers with heat generating plans fired by biomass as well as the construction of heat pumps, biogas, and solar thermal or geothermal plants (2.4.2.1 OP KŽP).

Eligible technologies

Eligible technologies under Investment Priority 4.1 are biomass, biogas, aerothermal, hydrothermal, solar thermal or geothermal plants (2.4.2.2 OP KŽP).

Aerothermal energy

Eligible

Hydrothermal energy

Eligible

Biogas

Eligible

Biomass

Eligible is the construction of biomass boilers which will replace an existing gas fired boiler with a thermal capacity of no more than 20 MW (2.4.2.2 Letter A OP KŽP)

Geothermal energy

Eligible

Solar thermal energy

Eligible.

Amount

The amount of the subsidy will be determined in the individual call for applications.

Addressees

Eligible party: The persons eligible for subsidies are natural or legal persons authorised to conduct business, associations, local government bodies or non-profit organisations. Projects must be implemented outside the Bratislava region. However, households from the Bratislava region could apply for installations of ‘small sources’ with total installed capacity up to 10 kW (2.4.2.2 OP KŽP).

Obligated party: The party obligated is the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic.

Procedure

Process flow

  • Application. Interested parties shall apply for a subsidy under the relevant call for applications.
  • Selection procedure. The call for applications shall specify the criteria for selection and the method of assessment.
  • Award. The institution in charge of the Operational Programme Quality of Environment, i.e. the Ministry of Environment, decides whether a subsidy is granted. The binding conditions for the subsidy granted are communicated by notice (2.4.2.3 OP KŽP).

Competent authority

Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

Distribution of costs

State

15% of the total amount of subsidies are funded by the state

European Union

85% of the total amount of subsidies are funded by the ERDF

Distribution mechanism

ERDF – Ministry of Environment. The subsidies awarded under the Operational Programme Quality of Environment is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), and by national public funds of 15 % of the total amount of subsidies granted. These funds are managed by the Ministry of Environment.

Slovakia

Further information

  • Ministerstvo životného prostredia Slovenskej republiky (MŽP SR) – Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic
  • +421 259 561 111
  • MŽP website
  • info(at)enviro.gov.sk

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