Solar energy sees significant growth
In the Czech Republic, the amount of energy generated by solar panels grew significantly in 2011, with solar power production reaching 890 gigawatt hours within the first five months of the year, according to fresh data published by the Energy Regulatory Office. In 2010, power generated by solar panels only amounted to 175 gigawatt hours in the same period. The proliferation of solar energy panels was kick-started by state subsidies last year; as a consequence, the sector became attractive to a number of investors. Despite the rapid growth, solar energy still only accounts for three percent of the total energy production in the Czech Republic.