As of 2016, wind energy component manufacturing companies operating in Lithuania were attracting around EUR 25 million of investment annually. ESO data shows that in 2019–2020 the number of people in Lithuania who have installed solar panels on the roofs of their houses increased from 3,384 to 8,640, and another 3,500 people have purchased solar panel systems from the online platform ‘Solar Parks’ and generate electricity remotely,’ says Algirdas Vaidotas, Head of Project Risk Prevention Centre of the LBSA. He and the President of the Lithuanian Solar Energy Association Vitas Mačiulis have invited everyone to a webinar on green energy.

The Ministry of Energy plans to allocate EUR 16 million in funding for the period 2019–2022. In January 2021 alone, more than 5,000 people have been granted support for solar panel systems – a record number of applicants so far.

‘The government has set an ambitious plan to increase the capacity of solar panel systems to 1.0 GW by 2024, when currently the production capacity is only 100 MW. The amount of support is EUR 323 per installed kilowatt for those who buy in full immediately, EUR 381 per kW for those who buy in instalments and EUR 241 per kW for those who want to expand an existing installation by adding only new modules,’ said Vitas Mačiulis.

‘There is a lot of talk about the European Green Deal with a simple objective – reducing the emission of the greenhouse gases (CO2 in particular) into the atmosphere. The assessment of this process is simple – how much of these gases were emitted last year, how much this year; the difference shows whether we are moving forward. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to calculate it because simple things such as how much gas was burned last year and how much this year are taken into account, but such things like how much it costs to make and install those gas appliances and what is the effect if those appliances are ignored. If you asked how much CO2 gas Lithuania emitted into the atmosphere last year, I think you would hear various figures. The most polluting sectors of the country’s economy such as heating, agriculture and transport are often discussed, but nobody takes into account the indicators generated by the devices operating there. I believe that a reliable system for measuring CO2 emissions should be developed in our country.

The statistics of our country’s households look very exotic as we, Lithuanians, burn 50,000 tonnes of coal and 60,000 tonnes of peat a year where one freight train carries 4,000 tonnes. That means that we burn 15 full freight train loads every year. So the renewable energy developers still have some work to do. New technologies today already make it possible to produce heat cheaply and without emitting any CO2 into the air, and we can build zero-emission buildings and even entire towns. There is enough talk about solar and wind energy, but when it comes to heat, I would put the heat pump, an appliance that is rarely mentioned, at the top of the list. A device that draws energy from the ground, water and air and works in conjunction with solar and wind turbines, allows you to reach that 'zero' without using any flame,’ Mačiulis added.

You can find out today at 14:00 how much it costs to install a solar panel system, what an eco-friendly and green energy consuming town should look like and where in Lithuania a zero-emission apartment building is being constructed, by joining the LBSA’s YouTube channel:

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