As the energy crisis sends shockwaves across Europe, no country is left unaffected. In Croatia, like the rest of Europe, rising energy prices are causing a knock-on effect on the economy. To combat rising inflation, the government introduced a €2.78 billion relief package in September to help businesses and households deal with the energy crisis.
Earlier this month, the government also introduced a 0% VAT rate for households looking to install solar for self-consumption, which sparked a huge interest from households to invest in solar. This could also improve Croatia’s long-term energy security.
At Filip’s home, they have installed 8 solar panels which produce around 4000 kWh of clean energy per year. After a few more years, they will have “free energy” meaning the initial investment they paid for the solar installation will be paid off from the money they have saved or earned, from the energy produced.
Filip says, installing solar panels makes sense economically while also being good for the planet. After your investment is paid off, you literally have access to 'free energy' produced locally from renewable sources. Not to mention the benefit of having security from higher energy prices when utilities decide to raise prices (which happens more often than you think).