From 1 July, changes to the “Clean Air” program will come into force. These include the withdrawal of subsidies for coal-fired boilers and an increase in income thresholds entitling to an increased level of funding.
The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW) announced that the purchase and installation of a coal-fired boiler under the “Clean Air” program will be possible only until the end of this year.
“Therefore, in order to receive a subsidy, the applicant must submit an application for co-financing for a coal-fired boiler by December 31, 2021, purchase and install this heat source, and additionally an invoice issued by the end of the current year is required (this condition does not apply to applications submitted before the date of entry into changes to the program, ie before July 1, 2021) “- explained in the press release.
Changes to the Clean Air program
Another change concerns the increase in the income thresholds in the second part of the program. The deputy head of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Paweł Mirowski, informed that in the case of multi-family households, this threshold will increase by PLN 164 from PLN 1,400 to PLN 1,564 per person. On the other hand, in the case of a single-person household, it increased by PLN 229 from PLN 1,960 to PLN 2,189. As he reported, currently approx. 30 percent of companies benefit from the increased funding. beneficiaries of the Clean Air program.
The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management pointed out that “the change is aimed at unifying the income thresholds of the Clean Air and Stop Smog programs, thanks to which more people will benefit from the increased level of funding in Clean Air, which means that they will receive a non-returnable subsidy of up to PLN 37,000”.
In addition, from July 1, 2021, it will be possible to apply for support for the purchase and installation of a pellet boiler of a higher standard.
New banking path
The vice-president of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management added that at the beginning of July, the banking path in “Czysty Air” was also to start. – Everything indicates that the previously announced deadline will be met. We have signed contracts with seven banks, two of them are leaders in the preparation of a new financial instrument, which will be the loan “Clean air” – Mirowski assured.
He added that work is currently underway to interconnect the IT systems of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, WFOŚiGW and banks.
Several changes were introduced in the banking path as compared to the current program. First, the date of commencement of the investment cannot be earlier than the date of submitting the application. Secondly, such a loan will not be available for investments already completed. Third, the investment implementation period will be up to 18 months. The next condition will be that the amount of loan granted for investments cannot be lower than the amount of the requested subsidy. Mirowski reminded that the subsidies granted in the banking path are intended for partial repayment of the bank loan.
According to the vice-president of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, the fact that loans in “Clean Air” will be guaranteed by BGK will make them a lower cost for banks, therefore the offer for customers should be competitive, although the banks themselves will determine it.
Until June 11, over 260,000 applications were submitted in the Clean Air program. applications for the amount of co-financing nearly PLN 4.6 billion. Until then, over 1.8 thousand. agreements with municipalities.
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