Budapest launches plan to install 10 mln sqm of solar panels

Green Energy

Budapest city leaders on Thursday announced a plan to install 10 million square meters of solar panels in the capital by 2030, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The Office of the Mayor said the scheme aims to cut emissions and reduce energy dependency.

Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony said the "extraordinarily ambitious" plan will require installing 5 sqm of solar panels for every resident of the city, boosting solar capacity at present by a factor of 130.

Ada Ámon, a department head at the Office of the Mayor who is spearheading the project, said the capital's climate strategy aims to boost solar capacity to 1,500MW within 10 years, while raising the share of renewables used for district heating to at least 50%, cutting the use of cars by two-thirds, adding to Budapest's green space and upgrading the energy efficiency of one-third of homes.

Budapest is getting almost EUR 600,000 to plan the scheme from the European Climate Initiative, a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety.

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