Thursday, July 12, 2012

Slovak photovoltaic industry employs around 1,700 people


There are approximately 1,150 people directly employed in the production of wide range of photovoltaic components. Further 550 persons are employed in related areas of project design, installation, system integration, development or administration of PV power plants.

Preliminary survey results collected by Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry  (SAPI) also show that you may find around 30 companies operating in Slovak photovoltaic sector, many of them of domestic origin.

PV panels are produced near Košice, solar inverters are made in Brezno. Carrier systems for PV made in Liptovský Mikuláš and Púchov, as well as other components produced in branches of foreign companies in Bratislava and Dubnica nad Váhom are sold not at Slovak market but this products have successfully crossed domestic borders.

Three companies also directly engage in PV research activities. In Košice there is a private center for renewable energies.

Apart from production, subjects on photovoltaic are also being taught at technically specialized universities in Košice (TUKE), Žilina, Liptovský Mikuláš (satellite institute of University of Žilina) and in Bratislava. National center for research and application of renewable energy sources has been established at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava with the financial support from European Regional Development Fund. Other renewables are also pursued at three additional universities in Bratislava, Zvolen and Nitra.

SAPI is an associate member of European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). It was established in 2010.
 
The association has also been working on new concept of support for energy from small photovoltaic installations used in households or small enterprises. It is based on net-metering policy used in Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, but also in some provinces of Australia and Canada and in the USA. This policy has been included in law amendment which will come into force on August 1st, 2012.

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