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Factsheet for measure CY-2022-6/2820 – measures in Cyprus
|Country||Cyprus , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 February 2022 – 31 December 2023|
|Context||COVID-19, War in Ukraine, Green Transition|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
|Author||Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 September 2022 (updated 12 September 2022)|
The measure decided on 20 April 2022 by the Cabinet and the ‘Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Conservation Fund’ of the Republic issued the provisions of the scheme on 9 September 2022. It is found among the various support schemes for the green transition of the Cyprus Recovery and Resilience Plan 2021-2026 promoting energy efficiency and renewables. It follows the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and the energy crisis that emerged due to the war in Ukraine, at the same time.
Beneficiaries of the scheme are natural persons owning an electric or hybrid plug-in vehicle. The scheme provides the installation photovoltaic system for the charging of vehicle or the extension of an existing system, the purchase and installation of a charger, the expenses for the conversion of the electrical installation of the household from single-phase to three-phase and the purchase of a battery for the storing of the energy produced by the photovoltaic system.
The scheme is retroactive from 01 February 2022 (date of connection of the photovoltaic system) and will remain open until the 20 December 2023 or until the available budget is exhausted. The total amount allocated for the needs of the Grant during the whole period of implementation is €1.5 million.
For the obligatory expenses, which is the installation or extension of an existing photovoltaic system, the grant amount is €750 per kW, with a maximum grant amount per vehicle in a household of €1,500.
Other optional costs are funded as follows:
The application process has just started and consequently no available data exist for the number of realised beneficiaries of the Grant.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Other groups of citizens
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The Grant has been designed by the members of the ‘Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Conservation Fund’ of the Republic and no social partner has been invited to participate. The coordination agency of the Grant is the Development Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and the implementation agency is the RES and Energy Conservation Fund.
No particular reactions of social partners have been recorded for the Grant. Social partners and political parties in general support measures that promote the green transition and energy efficiency.
Eurofound (2022), Grant scheme for photovoltaic charging systems for electric vehicles, measure CY-2022-6/2820 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2022-6_2820.html
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