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When To Change Pool Water: How Often Should I Drain My Pool?

When summer arrives, your pool calls! Swimming is a great way to beat the heat and spend time with friends and loved ones. Have you ever stopped and thought about what’s left in the pool water after getting out? Some of the things left behind include sweat, hair, dead skin cells, fecal matter and sometimes even urine. Let’s talk about when to change your pool water!

Even with a filtration system, pools need to be drained and refilled to ensure it works. Drain your pool completely only if it’s necessary. Hire a professional to do this to make sure your pool stays in top shape.

How Often Should I Change My Pool Water?

This answer greatly varies between pools. The amount of time can range from two months to as long as five to seven years. Some of the following factors come into play:

  • Number of daily swimmers
  • Climate
  • Type of water (hard or soft)
  • Pool maintenance

The more often that you use your pool, the more you will have to change the water. When people go swimming, water comes out of the pool with them. Splashing and carrying water out on your bodies are some examples of how we take water out of the pool after swimming.

The climate makes a difference as well. For example, rain washes bacteria, dirt, algae spores and other debris into your pool. In turn, it can reduce the effects of chlorine which can throw off the water’s pH balance. On hot days, UV rays reduce the amount of chlorine. Chlorine is essential to killing reducing germs that can make swimmers sick. Algae growth becomes more frequent as well because the spores need sunlight and water to grow.

There are two types of pool water. There’s hard water that has more calcium and magnesium ions. Soft water contains few minerals in comparison. Hard water can stop the pool structure from corrosion, but the water that’s too hard can break down fixtures. Soft water makes for a cleaner pool. However, pools need calcium and soft water will take it from the concrete or tiles of an in-ground pool.

Make sure to create a routine when it comes to your pool. This includes cleaning it as well as ensuring the correct pH level. Having a filter will help maintain such levels. You can check them using a water testing kit. Unbalanced pH levels make the water too acidic which causes skin irritation. The appropriate level should be around 7.4.

When Do I Change and Drain My Pool’s Water?

Deciding when to change your pool water is important. Most in-ground pools should be drained and have the water replaced every five to seven years. How often you drain your pool depends on a couple of things:

  • Maintenance and upkeep
  • Usage
  • Environment

Drain your pool during the mild season when it’s not too hot and not too cold. Spring and autumn are ideal times of the year. This will prevent pool surfaces and filtration systems from being damaged by sun, heat or moisture. You should avoid draining the pool for cleaning as this is done underwater most of the time.

Draining your pool after heavy rain or storms will add extra pressure to the bottom of the pool. This in turn creates a water table that creates a heavy weight of excess water that damages the pool’s floor. Drainers and skimmers will do most of the work for you when it rains. However, it’s always best to clean any debris out of the pool manually because the filter will not get everything.  So there are a few occasions when you will need to drain your pool after the rain.

How Should I Drain Pool Water?

Determine whether your pool needs to be drained by speaking to a professional. Pool maintenance can be done when the pool is partially full. Hire a professional pool maintenance contractor or company to drain your pool if you determine your pool needs to be drained. Hiring a professional to drain your pool costs less than fixing a bad draining.

If you choose to take on draining your own pool, it’s best to use a submersible pump. Using the filter pump is the less appealing option because it’s expensive to replace. Drain your water into a sewer line on your property and make sure to not drain more than 12 gallons per minute. The process takes at least a couple of days. If you are not experienced, always hire a professional to drain your pool!

How Do I Keep Water in my Pool Longer?

Maintaining the appropriate level of chlorine makes all the difference. It kills bacteria and germs, controls organic debris perspiration and body oils and deters algae. Shower before hopping into the pool. Chlorine reacts to:

  • Sweat
  • Makeup
  • Sunscreen
  • Perfume
  • Lotion
  • Urine and fecal matter

All of these are things that can be found on swimmers entering the pool. This can react to chlorine and is the reason that some pools end up with a strong odour. A scent coming from the pool can be a sign that there are multiple compounds in the pool reacting with chlorine.

To maintain water quality and pool infrastructure, chlorinate the water daily. It prevents algae and microorganisms from growing. Clean the pool using suction sweepers and brushes on alternating days. Maintain a pH level between 7.2 and 7.6 to avoid irritating your skin. It’s recommended to have 1 ppm (part per million) of chlorine to kill algae or bacteria effectively.

Having an effective water filtration system recirculates water and returns it to the pool. Quickly removing filterable contaminants reduces the impact on the disinfection system.

Backwashing removes organic materials from your pool and keeps the water clean. This removes built-up contaminants from the pool by reversing the flow of water through the filter.  This sends them to waste or out through the hose connected to the pump. Backwash your pool filter before adding any chemicals to the water.

In Conclusion

Making sure that your pool is drained at the right time is as important. Knowing when to change your pool water is a key part of your pool lasting longer. It’s also makes swimming safer for you, your family and friends!

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    Establishment of the Center for Historical Documentation

    The project “Establishment of the Historical – Documentation Center of the City of Paphos and configuration of the surrounding area” is on track to be implemented and Z&X Mechanical Installations is proud to be part of this project.

    The contract was signed on December 14th, between the Municipality of Paphos and the contracting company N. Gavriel and Sons Ltd for the execution of the Historical Documentation Center of the City of Paphos and shaping of the surrounding area. 

    Z&X Mechanical Installations will provide the following mechanical services and systems:

    • Cooling/heating of space
    • Exhaust ventilation of the space
    • Sewage and planning services
    • Fountains in the garden
    • Irrigation system

    The project, with a total value of €9,636,362.00 plus VAT, will start immediately and the works are expected to be completed within 14 months. The project includes the maintenance – restoration and conversion of the existing listed building, the former central police station of the city into a museum and the renovation of the exterior spaces.

    With the design of the project, an attempt is made to connect the urban space, the natural elements and the history of the city. Through a walking route which starts from the north of the site with the Armenian Genocide Park and a relaxed route, with above-ground and ground-level crossings in areas with rich vegetation, the visitor reaches the urban square north of the building which includes urban equipment , sitting areas and sanitary areas. From there, the visitor can enter the museum through a modern building and, following an internal route, learn about the historical course of the city from 332 BC to the most recent years, following it through digital media and other exhibits that will be in the building. After completing the route to the building, the visitor ends up in the square again to relax, rest, reflect and perhaps continue his tour of the rest of our city.

    Speaking at the signing, the Mayor of Paphos Phaidonas Phaidonos said that the Municipality of Paphos aims to highlight the centuries-old historical heritage of Paphos in a modern and demonstrative way, while at the same time it will increase the number of visitors to the traditional center of the city.

    The Mayor of Paphos referred to the regeneration projects that have taken place in the surrounding area in recent years, such as Kennedy Square, the Commercial Traditional Centre, the regeneration of the Governor’s Office and the surrounding streets and the regeneration of the Town Hall Square. Continuing, he referred to the projects such as the restoration of the Attikon Polychorus, the Municipal Theater Markideio, the central bus station and the reconstruction of Hani Ibrahim. It was also mentioned that the project of renovating the southern area of ​​the traditional commercial center and the Anavargos district is in progress, while the project of the Ivi Maliotou park has been completed. He also added that the projects are completed with the implementation of the project from the Public Garden to the Exo Vrysi. The contract signing ceremony took place in the outdoor area of ​​the former central Police Station of the city.

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      What Are The Benefits Of Using A Central Heating System In The Home?

      Choosing the right heating system for your property can make a world of difference for both people and pets. Modern ducted heating systems tend to be the best option overall due to being both extremely cost-effective and highly customizable. Here are the 5 main benefits central heating systems provide:

      1. Comfort & convenience

      No one likes to come home to a cold home, let alone spend time in one. Even if you have a great electric heater or air conditioner, you will still have to wait ages for them to fully warm up your living space.

      Central HVAC eliminates this problem by enabling you to set consistent temperatures throughout the day. Smart thermostats and other modern features even enable you to set specific temperatures for each room, automatically lower the temperatures while you are asleep or outside, and so on. What’s more, floor heating keeps you and your loved ones comfy in a way that other heating systems simply can’t match.

      2. It’s healthier

      Central heating systems maintain even temperatures throughout a home. This helps prevent various health issues such as asthma, hypothermia, bronchitis, strokes, and heart attacks. It also reduces condensation in your property, which reduces the risk of mold and mildew.

      3. Eco-friendliness

      Today’s central HVAC systems produce a lot less carbon dioxide and use up less energy than electric heaters and other types of heating. This is especially true of geothermal heating systems, which use the natural heat in the earth to warm up your home during the cold winter months.

      4. Saves you money

      Modern central heating systems are far more energy-efficient than their older counterparts. This provides significant savings in the form of reduced utility bills all year round (and especially during winter) and enables you to recoup part of or most of the cost of your heating system installation after only a few years.

      5. Boost to property value

      Properties that are equipped with central HVAC systems are highly sought after on the real estate market. If the heating system in your house is still under warranty and/or relatively new, your home will be far more likely to attract the right kind of buyer.

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        Paphos Municpality Will Build New Student Dorms

        The municipality of Paphos is investing another €14 million for the construction of 203-room student residences and Z&X Mechanical Installations is proud to be part of this project which will be completed within less than a year from now (by 25/09/2024).

        Paphos municipality signed a contract on Friday for the construction of the new student accommodation rooms, as the mayor vowed that major changes are on the way.

        Paphos mayor Mr. Phedonas Phedonos said he is very proud that about 90 contracts have been signed in recent years that have “transformed Paphos”. The latest is the student accommodation project, which includes the municipality having paid €1.2 million for about 5,000 square meters of land. The accommodation will provide 203 rooms of 24 square meters each. The third phase of the project is centered on building tennis and basketball courts, parking spots, and green spaces, that will cover 32 plots, the mayor said. He said the accommodation should be ready within 11 months, with the works being carried out by A. N. Ioannou Construction Ltd.

        The mayor thanked the church committee for agreeing to join the plots of land on which the Cyprus University of Technology Paphos (Tepak) is located with land on which a church is located, along with the land of the student accommodation.

        Mr. Phedonas also explained that the state has provided a significant amount of land for Tepak’s agricultural institute in Acheleia. He emphasized that the municipality is determined to continue upgrading the area as it works alongside private property owners, including businesses and shop owners. The mayor praised Tepak’s presence in Paphos as “increasing the critical mass of the city, [it’s] a step towards creating a new pillar in the district’s economy”. The recent projects, he said, have transformed the city’s identity and broadened its horizons.

        Other positive changes have been a significant upgrade of the tourism product and sector, the creation of new jobs, and the enrichment of society and the district’s culture. It was reported in September that classes got underway at the Paphos branch of the Cyprus University of Technology with 300 students enrolled. Mr. Phedonos hailed the modern higher education facilities, with final costs estimated at €20m, as he said the university expects a future enrolment of 1,000 students in total.

        The Tepak School of Tourism Management, Hospitality, and Entrepreneurship is joined in Paphos by a branch of the American University of Beirut.

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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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            Submission Of Applications To The Photovoltaic Installation Plan For Electric Vehicle Charging Has Begun

            The start of submitting applications to the Sponsorship project for the installation of a photovoltaic system for charging an electric or plug – in hybrid vehicle ” is announced . The amount of the sponsorship for the installation or expansion of an existing photovoltaic system amounts to €750 per kW, with a maximum sponsorship amount of €1,500 per vehicle.

            The Plan was announced on 20/04/2022 in order to give the opportunity to the interested parties to proceed with the implementation of the corresponding investment. The Plan’s budget amounts to €1.5 million and is part of the efforts of the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry and the Government in general to promote electrification and sustainable transport.

            In addition to the installation of the photovoltaic system, the Plan provides the beneficiaries with the opportunity to purchase and install a charger, convert the electrical installation of the house from single-phase to three-phase and purchase a battery to store the energy produced by the photovoltaic system. Beneficiaries of the plan are natural persons who live in a house and are owners of an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.

            The Scheme has retroactive effect from 01/02/2022 (date of connection of the photovoltaic system) and will remain open until 20/12/2023 or until the available budget is exhausted.

            The amount of the sponsorship for the installation or expansion of an existing photovoltaic system amounts to €750 per kW, with a maximum sponsorship amount of €1,500 per vehicle.

            Discretionary costs are financed as follows:

            ‒ Purchase and installation of a charger, €600.

            ‒ Conversion of electrical installation of the house from single-phase to three-phase, €450.

            ‒ Battery purchase/installation, €750 per kWh, with a maximum sponsorship amount per application of €2,000.

            The Grant Scheme is included in the Recovery and Resilience Plan “Cyprus to avrio” for the period 2021–2026, and is funded by the EU.

             

            All information about the Plan and access to the application process are posted on the website of the RES and EXE Fund: www.resecfund.org.cy/ev_charging_2022

             

             

            Source: Ministry of Energy Commerce and Industry

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              Sponsorship Plan for installation of photovoltaics and thermal insulation of roofs in houses

              The budget of the Sponsorship Plan for the installation of photovoltaics and thermal insulation of houses in the houses for the years 2022-2023 is increased to € 30 million, with the application process starting today and remaining in force until 20/12/2023 or until exhaustion of the budget, whichever comes first.

              The doubling of the budget compared to previous years was decided within the framework of the government package of measures to relieve the citizens from the inflationary pressures. It is estimated that more than 10,000 applicants will benefit from the sponsorship, which, by making the relevant investments, will significantly reduce their energy costs.

              In addition to doubling the budget, the Plan is announced this year with significant increases in sponsorships compared to the Plans implemented in previous years, with the aim of even greater support for citizens. Specifically, the grants are increased by 50%. An important difference is the introduction of virtual metering (Virtual Net Metering), for consumers who can not, due to technical limitations, install photovoltaic systems on the roofs of their homes.

              The Plan will cover the following categories of investments:

              CATEGORY 1 : Thermal insulation of roofs of existing houses. A sponsorship of 45% of the eligible costs of each application / residence is provided, with a maximum sponsorship amount per application of € 2,250. For the residents of mountain communities the amounts increase by 50%.

              CATEGORY 2: Thermal insulation of roofs of existing houses in combination with the installation of a photovoltaic system with the method of offset measurements (Net Metering or Virtual Net Metering). A sponsorship of 55% of the eligible costs for the thermal insulation of the roof is provided, with a maximum sponsorship amount of € 2,750 and funding of € 450 per installed kW photovoltaic system, with a maximum sponsorship amount of € 1,800. The maximum amount of sponsorship per application can reach € 4,550. For the residents of mountain communities the amounts increase by 50%.

              CATEGORY 3: Installation of photovoltaic system by the method of metering offset (Net Metering) or virtual metering offset (Virtual Net Metering) in existing homes. The amount of the sponsorship amounts to € 375 per installed kW photovoltaic system, with a maximum sponsorship amount of € 1,500 ( CATEGORY 3A ). For the residents of mountain communities the amounts increase by 50%. The amount increases to € 1,000 per installed kW of photovoltaics for the homes of vulnerable consumers, with a maximum sponsorship amount of € 5,000 ( CATEGORY 3B ).

              Existing residences are eligible, for which the application for a building permit or urban planning permit has been submitted:

              – for CATEGORIES 1 and 2 before 21/12/2007.

              – for CATEGORIES 3A and 3B before 01/01/2017.

              The Plan has retroactive effect to ensure the smooth continuation of the previous Plan of 2021. Therefore, investments made after 01/08/2021 are eligible. Investments made before 01/08/2021, are not eligible.

              All information about the Plan, including the Plan Guide and the application process, can be found on the RES and FDI Fund

              website: www.resecfund.org.cy .

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                Z&X Mechanical Is Part Of The Recovery & Sustainability Plan “Cyprus _ Tomorrow”

                Two new Sponsorship Plans of the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry, totaling € 49 million, for the Energy Upgrading of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs), Local Government Authorities and Public Broadcasting Council of the Ministers. 

                Z&X Mechanical is proudly involved in the program, as part of our services.

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                The proposals for the Plans, which are included in the Recovery and Sustainability Plan 2021-2026 “Cyprus _ tomorrow” and will be financed by the EU Recovery and Sustainability Mechanism, were submitted by the competent Minister of Energy, Ms. Natasa Pileidou.

                Specifically, based on the Decisions of the Council of Ministers, € 40 million will be allocated for the Plan “Promotion of Energy Efficiency Investments by SMEs and Non-Profit Organizations (NGOs)”, which aims to promote energy saving investments (facilities and facilities), owned and / or used by SMEs (€ 36 million) and NGOs (€ 4 million). It will cover, among others, the energy upgrade of buildings, the application of EXE measures in the production / operation processes of SMEs, the implementation of energy audits, the adoption of digital technologies (eg automation and energy consumption control systems), as well as the installation Renewable Energy Systems (RES) systems.

                The main goal of the Plan is to achieve a reduction of primary energy consumption by at least 35% in buildings or 30% in production processes.

                The sponsorship rate will be 40% of the eligible costs for SMEs and 60% for NGOs, while the maximum amount of sponsorship that each beneficiary will be able to receive is determined based on the percentage of savings that will be achieved and the type investment to choose. In the smaller category of investments, for beneficiaries who will achieve the minimum possible percentage of energy savings, there is a possibility of securing a sponsorship of up to € 100,000, while for beneficiaries who will choose to achieve the largest category (upgrading Buildings to Buildings with Almost Zero Energy Consumption), the maximum sponsorship amount can be up to € 300,000.

                The submission of applications will start on a date to be determined by a new announcement of the Ministry and will remain in force until 30/9/2022 or until the exhaustion or commitment of the available budget. The Plan has no retroactive effect and does not cover any expenses that will be implemented before the date of submission of each application.

                The second Grant Scheme approved today by the Council of Ministers, has a total budget of € 9 million and concerns the “Encouragement of Energy Upgrading by Local Authorities and Broader Public Sector Bodies”. Provides financial incentives, in the form of sponsorship, for the conversion of public buildings into Buildings with Almost Zero Energy Consumption, as well as for the implementation of RES and / or EXE investments in other infrastructures of Local Authorities and Legal Entities under Public Law.

                The basic requirement of the Plan, which will subsidize 100% of the eligible costs, with a maximum sponsorship amount of € 700,000 and a minimum proposal amount of € 10,000 (all amounts are without VAT), is to achieve a reduction of primary energy consumption by at least 30% , on average, of all supported investments.

                The available appropriations for the operation of the Plan, which as mentioned above are financed by the EU Recovery and Sustainability Mechanism under the axis “Rapid Transition to a Green Economy”, are included in the Medium-Term Financial Framework of the RES and EXE Fund.

                Again, the submission of applications will start on a date that will be determined later with a relevant announcement and will remain in force until 31/12/2023 or until the exhaustion or commitment of the available budget. The Plan has no retroactive effect and does not cover any expenses that will be implemented before the date of submission of each application.

                The Implementation Guides of the Plans, with all the details, will be published on the website of the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry https://meci.gov.cy/gr/ .

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                  Plan For Production Of Electircity From Res For Own Consumption

                  The Plan includes the following categories of investments:

                  Photovoltaic systems (PV), RES systems, Autonomous RES systems and Photovoltaic systems (PV).

                  The implementation period is until 20/12/2021 or until the available budget is used up, whichever comes first.

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                  Category A : Photovoltaic systems (PV) connected to the grid by the method of net – metering

                  Beneficiaries of Category A are all electricity consumers.

                  The maximum power of each PV system that can be installed is 10.4 kW per electricity bill.

                  The PV systems can be installed on the roof of legally erected premises or on the ground within the same plot where the legal premises are located and / or adjacent plots with the premises they will serve.

                   

                  Category B : RES systems connected to the network by the method of net -billing .

                  Beneficiaries of Category B are all electricity consumers.

                  The maximum power of each RES system that can be installed under Category B is 8MW per electricity bill. 

                  RES systems can be installed on the roof of legally erected premises or on the ground within the same plot and / or adjacent plots with the premises they will serve.

                   

                  Category C : Autonomous RES systems not connected to the network . 

                  Beneficiaries of Category C are all electricity consumers

                  Autonomous RES systems can be installed according to the needs of the consumer, without limitation to the maximum power of each system.

                   

                  Category D : Photovoltaic systems (PV ) connected to the grid by the method of virtual net -metering

                   Beneficiaries of Category D are domestic consumers and professional farmers.

                  PV systems are installed in a location different from the property being serviced.

                  The electricity produced by a PV system is offset by the electricity imported from the grid (consumption / account) of a single residential unit or agricultural establishment, located in a different area from the PV system.

                  The maximum power of each PV system that can be installed is: 

                  *for household consumers 10.4 kW per electricity bill

                  *for professional farmers 20 kW per electricity bill.

                   

                  Important Notes

                  In Categories A, B and D, the annual electricity produced by the RES system that will be installed, can not exceed 90% of the annual electricity consumption of the facility that will serve.

                  The provisions regarding the surplus electricity in the category of net-metering / virtual net-metering and the cash surpluses in the category of net-billing have been amended so that they are not deleted . to the last account of a twelve-month period, but transferred for use in the next invoicing period (next month or two months).

                   

                  Submission of Applications

                  The applications are submitted to the local Regional Offices of the Distribution System Operator (DSD – EAC).

                  Those interested can obtain applications in printed form from the Distribution System Operator (DSD-EAC) and in electronic form from the website https://www.eac.com.cy .

                  The receipt of applications for Categories A, B and D will end on 20.12.22 or earlier if the maximum available capacity of each category is completed per year or if otherwise decided by the Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry.

                  More information about the Plan is available on the Energy Service website https://energy.gov.cy/

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                    SUBSITY SCHEME – THE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND ENERGY SAVING IN HOMES

                    Take advantage of the subsidy for the installation of a Photovoltaic System Net Metering with a subsidy of € 250 / kW with a maximum amount of € 1000!

                    The implementation period is until 20/12/2021 or until the available budget is used up, whichever comes first.

                    The amount increases to € 750 per installed kW of photovoltaic, for the homes of vulnerable consumers, with a maximum sponsorship amount of € 3,750.

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                    The sponsorship plans implemented by the Foundation in 2020 mainly focused on encouraging citizens to use renewable energy sources and saving energy in homes and businesses. Globally, the program aims to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint and help families in need.

                    Following the announcements made by the Minister of Energy, Trade and Industry Ms. Natasa Pileidou in order to address the price increases in electricity and for the purpose of more complete information of the interested parties, the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry and the RES Fund Management Committee Ex.E., announce that the re-announcement of the “Sponsorship Plan to encourage the use of Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Saving in homes” is planned in 2022.

                    The intention of the Ministry is for the new plan to be announced retroactively, in a way that ensures the smooth continuation of the existing plan of 2021, for which the submission of applications ends on 20/12/2021.

                    It is reminded that the plan is financed by the RES and EXE Fund and covers thermal insulation works of ceilings or installation of photovoltaic system with the method of net-metering in existing homes, as well as a combination of the above.

                    The announcement of the intention for re-announcement of the plan is made without prejudice to the voting of the budget of the RES and EXE Fund for the year 2022 and the existence of the available credits. 

                    It is understood that, during the re-announcement of the plan, there may be changes in both the provisions of the plan & procedure and the required application forms.

                     

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