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Cyprus Set To Launch ‘Photovoltaics For All’

Exciting news for all homeowners!

“Photovoltaics for All” is a program, making it simpler and more affordable to have rooftop solar panels.

This new program is part of the government’s efforts to help people in need. It’s aimed at giving everyone access to the benefits of solar power, without the big upfront costs.

In a bold move to expedite the transition to green energy, the Ministry of Energy is gearing up to unveil a groundbreaking solar energy production initiative that promises to reshape the balance between conventional and green energy sources.

Under the banner of “Photovoltaics for All,” the government’s ambitious plan seeks to lower electricity tariffs while boosting the adoption of renewable energy sources (RES).

Notably, this project distinguishes itself from past endeavors by eliminating restrictions on the number of beneficiaries. This means that any interested individual can apply for the installation of photovoltaic panels on their roof for self-consumption without the need for an initial capital investment. Moreover, users can anticipate a 50% reduction in their electricity bills once the system is operational.

No Bank Loans Needed

You won’t need to get a bank loan to make this happen. The money for the project comes from the Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Conservation Fund. They will cover the cost of buying and installing the solar panels.

How It Works

Once the solar panels are up and running, you will start paying for them through your electricity bill from the AHK or another electricity company. This payment is about €150 every two months. But don’t worry, you will save more on your electricity bill, thanks to the solar panels.

The Five-Step Process

The “Photovoltaics for All” project aims to streamline the installation process, with bureaucratic procedures and system setup estimated to be completed within three months of application. Here are the five essential steps to install a photovoltaic system in your home:

-Application (anticipated start date: January 1, 2024).
-Installation approval.
-Sponsorship payment (options of €1000 or €1500).
-Photovoltaic panel installation.
-Connection to the grid.

Notably, recent data suggests a significant reduction in delays for RES generation connections, with the number of pending requests dropping from 1000 to below 100.

Who Can Benefit?

The “Photovoltaics for All” plan is designed to cater to a wide audience, particularly targeting small and medium-sized homes. Prospective beneficiaries can choose between two grant options: €1000 and €1500. Under the €1000 grant, applicants are not required to make an initial capital investment for the photovoltaic installation, and the maximum solar energy production is capped at 4.5 kW.

Repayment will occur through installments (€150 on each electricity bill) over three years. On the other hand, the €1500 grant mandates a one-time installation payment, while there is no restriction on solar energy production.

Funding for this initiative will come from the RES and Energy Saving Fund (RES – ex.(E)), which is bolstered by European funds dedicated to green initiatives. Additionally, resources from the emissions fund may also be utilized, creating a continuous cycle of funds flowing to consumers for green energy production and repaid in installments to the fund.

Immediate Benefits

The advantages of this project will become evident as soon as the photovoltaic system goes live. Those opting for the €1000 sponsorship option can expect their electricity bills to be halved. For instance, with an average consumption of €370, consumers will pay only €30 every two months for fixed charges, in addition to the €150 repayment installment for the photovoltaic system—amounting to a total of €180.

Overall, it’s estimated that the investment in a residential photovoltaic system in Cyprus will be amortized in approximately five years, taking into account the RES and ex Fund.E sponsorship (or six years without sponsorship). It’s worth noting that the lifespan of a photovoltaic system exceeds 20 years.

Network Modernization

The “Photovoltaics for All” plan is poised to drive the modernization and enhancement of the electricity transmission and distribution network. Recognizing that the existing infrastructure is outdated and in need of an upgrade, the Energy Minister has initiated a redesign process aimed at transforming it into a “smart” grid, increasing electricity capacity.

Additionally, the grid will be equipped with battery meters to facilitate energy storage, primarily for nighttime use. Consultations regarding the bolstering of the network with batteries have concluded, and installation is set to commence within the next two years. However, it’s acknowledged that the full upgrade will coincide with the launch of solar energy production under the “Photovoltaics for All” project.

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    5 Ways To Prepare Your HVAC System For Autumn

    Although it’s not cold outside yet, it will soon be. The biggest mistake you can make right now is to wait until the autumn sets in to find out if your HVAC system is functioning properly. Don’t do that!

    An HVAC unit works throughout the year, maintaining a cozy temperature indoors during summer and winter. It becomes necessary to perform proper maintenance on your HVAC system at regular intervals. The last thing you want in September is your HVAC system to break down and leave you shuddering with cold. Avoid problems with your unit this autumn and winter by taking these precautions to ensure a properly operating system.

    Clear The Debris

    Outdoor elements of an HVAC unit takes the full-brunt of elements. Each summer, they get covered with grime, leaves, pollen, and twigs and obstruct the flow of air to the interior of your HVAC system. Clear all of that debris from your units in September.

    Change The Air Filter

    Temperatures can easily cross 30 degrees during Paphos summers. It is the season when HVACs run almost non-stop, and air filters get the dirtiest; making their replacement necessary before the onset of autumn. A dirty air filter obstructs air flow, causes your furnace to work harder, and costs you more money.

    Inspect Insulation

    In a perfect world, your system’s insulation functions properly throughout the year. But real life has this nasty habit of coming in the way. If your energy bills were higher than usual during summer, it’s high time you speak to a technician or perform an insulation check yourself.

    Ensure The Unit Is Level

    Summers don’t change landscapes, but they damage the pads on which your HVAC unit rests. After a season of high day temperatures, your system may not be on level ground; causing non-uniform lubrication in the compressor and eventually burning it out. Repairs are costly. Either ensure yourself that your unit is level or hire an HVAC contractor for the job.

    Schedule A Preventative Maintenance

    If you live in Paphos, the end of summer and beginning of autumn is the perfect time to call an HVAC contractor. An inspection by an experienced technician will ensure that your furnace is ready for the cold months. It will also prevent unpleasant breakdowns between September and April.

    Transitioning from summer to autumn means taking care of your HVAC maintenance tasks. Putting off regular maintenance by an experienced HVAC contractor now may lead to ugly and uncomfortable surprises during the cold months.

    Prevent avoidable problems. Call at +357 26945222 and schedule a pre-autumn HVAC maintenance for a cozy, warm autumn and winter.

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      Mineral Water Pools — Are they Worth It?

      When deciding on and selecting a new swimming pool you will be faced with a huge range of choices; shape, design, colour, finish, position, surroundings, heating, lighting. While these are all important aspects of your swimming pool’s design, there is one other factor — arguably the most important one — that is often forgotten. Water.

      Many prospective swimming pool buyers are not even aware that there are options available for the water in your pool. Water is water, isn’t it? H20. It’s all the same stuff, right? The reality is that while the water itself may the same, the additives and filtration systems required to keep your pool clean and healthy come in many different forms, the main contenders being chlorine, salt-water, and mineral water.

      Chemical dosing systems, usually chlorine, have been used in swimming pools for decades. They do work and keep the pool nice and clean, but they come with several downsides, mostly because it just adds chlorine to the pool water it leaves your skin and hair dry, stings the eyes, has a distinctive smell, and has negative environmental consequences. Saltwater pools similar to Mineral pools avoid many of these drawbacks, but what exactly are they and how do they work?

      What is a Salt and Mineral Water Swimming Pool?

      These types of swimming pool avoid the need to have many harsh chemicals around your pool as they generate their own sanitizers by using a system of electrolysis to keep the water bacteria and algae free. Similar to all other systems, the water is cycled through a sand filter, however, in the case of a mineral water pool, it is specifically through a filter filled with glass media (which achieves a much higher level of water clarity. The beauty of these electrolysis systems is that they are far lower maintenance than chlorine dosing systems, plus they provide a greater feel for bather comfort.

      A mineral pool takes bather comfort to another level, by swapping out most of the salt for a combination of salts and minerals the water takes on a new feel and condition by making the water softer and gentler on the skin, eyes and hair. The original and authentic mineral water pools, is the worlds only salt free mineral pool and provides the pinnacle of bather comfort and water clarity by removing all added sodium content from the pool. This means after a swim all the sticky residue on the skin or that tangling feeling in the hair is gone.

      Benefits To Your Pool

      Maintaining a mineral water pool is not any harder than maintaining a chemical pool, in fact, in many ways, it’s easier as the minerals and additives can better help to keep problems at bay.

      At the heart of most mineral pools is magnesium and for good reason, magnesium pools have some of the best water clarity around. Due to the way magnesium interacts with the water and filtering systems, it’s excellent at helping to filter out tiny micro-particles that can cause pool water to appear slightly discoloured or murky. It also works to prevent calcium build-up on components and surfaces, which means cheaper repair and maintenance costs in the long-term and less pool downtime, a win-win!

      Benefits To Your Health

      Mineral water pools aren’t just a great way to keep the water clean and clear, they also offer more than a few health benefits. Magnesium plays a crucial role in many of our bodies systems, especially for bones and tissue (skin), and what’s more, the body absorbs magnesium transdermally, i.e. through the skin.

      It makes skin feel soft, silky, and luxurious — which is especially noticeable compared to other methods such as chem dosing or saltwater systems which dry out skin and hair. It’s benefits to the skin don’t end there, though. It has further been shown to help with conditions such as eczema, acne, and sensitivity, while also restoring the natural elasticity of your skin.

      Magnesium is also great for helping tired and sore muscles relax and unwind, and when used before an intense workout, by taking a relaxing soak, it helps to prevent muscle fatigue and tearing.

      The premier mineral pools system have only salt free solution available. What’s the big deal about that, you probably ask? Because there is no added sodium the uptake of magnesium thru the skin is enhanced, the sensitivity to environmental factors is also increased as the water can be used for irrigation purposes (i.e. you can use your backwash water for watering your garden), plus the need for backwashing is reduced.

      Let Z&X Mechanical Installations be your service solution!

      Z&X Mechanical has more than 30 years of expertise in serving clients in Cyprus. Our experienced professionals understand the importance of always meeting the needs of clients while providing top – quality pool services. We will always do what we promise and ensure that you are satisfied with our pool services.

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