Envirosense Hungary Ltd, in collaboration with the Hungarian Solar Panel and Solar Collector Association and Solar Viewpoint Ltd has begun the creation of a national solar energy map, and that of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County seat Miskolc has been recently completed. The continually expanding service is accessible via www.napenergiaterkep.hu, a user-friendly and informative website.
The details of the project were presented at a press conference on Wednesday by Miskolc Mayor Pál Veres and the Business Development Director of Envirosense Hungary Ltd, Tamás Tomor.
The maps that are accessible for free provide information about the solar energy potential of buildings,
aiding those who are considering investing in installing solar panels, and provides free of charge consultation as well on demand.
Pál Veres discussed the significant step the city could take toward alternative sustainable development with a large proportion of solar being used in its energy mix. He highlighted the usefulness of the map, noting that it is important to determine in advance where suitable installations can be placed for this purpose.
‘Climate change poses significant challenges for us, and solar energy is one of the opportunities to ensure a liveable planet for the future,’ he emphasized, pointing out that the city is committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to roughly zero by 2050.
Tamás Tomor spoke about the unique technology they use in creating the maps, using thermal and aerial images. He noted that the programme will cover 80 cities in Hungary this year, with Miskolc having been the first one. He explained that an aerial survey conducted in 2021 examined the structural makeup of every roof in the settlement and provided data on heat utilization.
In Hungary there is a €201 billion solar panel and heating system upgrade grant scheme available, financed from European Union funds. Its primary objective is to alleviate the economic consequences of the coronavirus and enhance the efficiency of the heating of households. The target group is families with below-average incomes nationwide, who can apply for a non-repayable loan for the installation of solar panel systems, as well as for window replacements and heating system modernization.