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Economic Loss in Czech Photovoltaic Power Plants

Author(s): prof. Ing. Karel Janda M.A., Dr., Ph.D.,
Jan Průša M.Phil. (Cantab), Ph.D.,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2012
Number: 18
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Published in: IES Working Papers 18/2012
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: energy subsidies; photovoltaic; renewables
JEL codes: Q42; H23; M21
Suggested Citation: Průša, J., Klimešová, A., Janda, K. (2012). “Economic Loss in Czech Photovoltaic Power Plants” IES Working Paper 18/2012. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: GACR P402/11/0948 Developing Analytical Framework for Energy Security: Time-Series Econometrics, Game Theory, Meta-Analysis and Theory of Regulation GAUK 419111 Price development and pricing on the Czech natural gas market after the liberalisation of European energy market GAUK 684012 Determinants of Economic Efficiency in Czech Enterprises GAUK 89910 Measuring Bank Efficiency
Abstract: This text provides a financial survey of a small sample of Czech photovoltaic (PV) plants. To evaluate the extent of market losses, we calculate the shadow market price of solar electricity. From the profit and loss accounts of the PV plants and the shadow market price we estimate the total economic loss generated by PV electricity sector in the Czech Republic.
The presented microeconomic approach has two main advantages: Firstly, we work with real observed data, which offsets the drawback of a limited sample. Secondly, the profit accounting calculation enables sensitivity analysis with respect to key variables of the plants.
We show that every million invested in PV plants would generate an annual loss of 11%. Given the estimated solar assets of CZK 127.4 billion (EUR 560 million) as of December 2010, this translates in at least CZK 14 billion lost in the Czech solar sector in 2011.
About 42% of this loss is due to high technology costs and corresponds to pure dead weight loss, while the remaining 58% constitute the redistributive profit component of subsidies. Finally, we calculate that unless electricity prices increase or technology costs decrease approximately tenfold, PV plants will remain loss making.
Downloadable: WP 2012_18_Prusa et al

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