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Hybrid House: Pioneering Energy-Efficient Buildings and Solar Roof Solutions in Slovakia

Hybrid House is Slovakia’s leading sustainable housing solution provider, focusing on energy-efficient building construction and unique solar coverings using Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) materials. The company is dedicated to offering innovative and sustainable solutions to clients while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of buildings. In this article, we will explore Hybrid House's commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as its partnership with Solarstone to provide Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof solutions in Slovakia.

Hybrid House's Commitment to Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

At the core of Hybrid House's approach to sustainable living is the desire to leverage energy efficiency in buildings by using cutting-edge BIPV materials as a roof covering. This approach allows homeowners and businesses to generate clean, green energy while preserving the building's aesthetics and promoting cost savings. With a clear vision and set of goals, Hybrid House aims to lead the market in solar coverings and establish itself as a successful, environmentally conscious company in the Slovak Republic. In the Slovak market, energy efficiency is paramount. Despite decreasing energy consumption over the past decade, Slovakia still has a higher energy intensity than other EU member states. The country is committed to achieving 32.5% energy efficiency by 2030, focusing on public and household buildings. There is a growing demand for energy-efficient solutions like Hybrid House. Milan Gbelec, Head of Sales at Hybrid House, emphasises the company's dedication to its customers and the environment. "Our customers are becoming more aware of the importance of energy efficiency in their homes, and we are committed to providing them with the best possible solutions. By focusing on customer education, needs, and successful implementations, we are helping them save money, contribute to a greener future and help Slovakia achieve its national energy efficiency goals.

By combining their expertise in energy-efficient construction with a commitment to offering unique solar covering solutions, Hybrid House is well-positioned to positively impact both the environment and the lives of their clients in Slovakia.

Partnering with Solarstone for Innovative Solar Roof Solutions

To further their commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency, Hybrid House has partnered with Solarstone. This company transforms buildings into modern photovoltaic plants through innovative building-integrated solar installations. Solarstone's mission aligns with Hybrid House's vision, as both companies aim to promote sustainable living and resource-efficient construction practices.

Solarstone offers two leading solar roof solutions: Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof. The Solar Full Roof is a comprehensive, turnkey BIPV solution that integrates market-leading photovoltaic modules with the building envelope, providing an aesthetically pleasing and energy-efficient alternative to traditional roofing. The Solar Tiled Roof, on the other hand, combines solar and roofing functionality into a perfect energy production system without compromising the home’s visual appearance. Both solutions offer significant savings on energy costs, reduce carbon footprints, and provide durable solar roofing for decades.

anari Võrk, Communications Manager of Solarstone, highlights the importance of the partnership with Hybrid House: "We believe that by joining forces with Hybrid House, we can provide the Slovak market with the best possible solutions regarding energy efficiency, sustainability, and aesthetics. Our Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof products are designed to save homeowners money, reduce their environmental impact, and integrate seamlessly with their homes’ architectural design."

By combining their expertise in energy-efficient construction with a commitment to offering unique solar covering solutions, Hybrid House is well-positioned to positively impact both the environment and the lives of their clients in Slovakia. Their partnership with Solarstone further strengthens their ability to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to the market, contributing to a greener future for all.

Solar Full Roof: A Cost-effective and Aesthetic Solution

The Solar Full Roof solution Hybrid House and Solarstone offer is a market-leading innovation in building-integrated solar solutions. This solar roof system is designed to cover the entire roof facet with solar panels, resulting in a seamless, aesthetically pleasing look. The patented Click-on® technology enables easy installation and eliminates the need for a layer of traditionalroofing material beneath the solar panels, resulting in significant cost savings on both material and labour.
Solar Full Roof is compatible with various rooftop configurations. It can be installed in landscape or portrait setup, depending on the requirements of the solar roof project and available roof space. This flexibility allows maximum utilisation of the roof surface and power yield. With a 25-year production warranty and the ability to withstand harsh weather, the Solar Full Roof solution is a smart choice for homeowners and businesses seeking to invest in renewable energy.

Solar Tiled Roof: Functionality Meets Sustainability

The Solar Tiled Roof is ideal for those seeking a solution that seamlessly integrates with their existing tiled roof. This innovative product combines solar and roofing functionality into a perfect energy production system without compromising the home’s visual appearance. The building-integrated modules for tiled roofs interlock with nearly all concrete and clay tiles, providing a sleek and modern look.

Solar Tiled Roof is designed to replace six roof tiles with one solar module, resulting in a seamless transition and minimal maintenance. Like the Solar Full Roof, the Solar Tiled Roof also comes with a 25-year production warranty and requires no expensive mounting systems. Solarstone's solar modules are placed directly onto wooden battens, allowing for a more streamlined installation process that is less costly and less complex than traditional rooftop solar mounting systems. Like the Solar Full Roof, the Solar Tiled Roof also comes with a 25-year production warranty and requires no expensive mounting systems
Investing in a Greener Future

The Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof solutions offered by Hybrid

House and Solarstone represent a significant step forward in sustainable living and resource-efficient construction practices. By investing in these innovative solar roof systems, homeowners and businesses can save on energy costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and contribute to a more sustainable future.

In addition, Solarstone's BIPV panels have been designed to provide clean energy and protection for decades, giving homeowners and businesses peace of mind about their energy bills and reducing their reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

By partnering with Solarstone, Hybrid House is helping to meet the growing demand for energy-efficient solutions in Slovakia and demonstrating its commitment to promoting sustainable living and environmental responsibility. With a focus on customer education, innovative solutions, and successful implementations, Hybrid House is poised to make a lasting impact on the Slovak market and the global push towards renewable energy.

EU Programs and National Grants Supporting Energy Efficiency in Slovakia

In collaboration with the European Union, the Slovak government has introduced various programs and national grants to support energy efficiency projects within the country. These initiatives aim to help Slovakia achieve its goal of a 32.5% increase in energy efficiency by 2030, as outlined in the Slovak National Strategy Plan. By investing in energy-efficient solutions such as Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof, homeowners and businesses can benefit from financial incentives and contribute to the country's progress towards a more sustainable future.

Several funding options are available to support energy efficiency projects in Slovakia, including EU programs, national grants, and subsidies. These funds help individuals and organisations adopt sustainable solutions, reduce energy consumption, and promote renewable energy sources.

Among these programs, "Zelená domácnostiam" (Green for Households) provides subsidies for small photovoltaic devices with an output of up to 10 kW. This initiative encourages households to design their energy consumption so that most electricity is used immediately or stored in accumulators. However, the subsidy is capped at €500 per kW, with a maximum amount of €1,500. Between 2019 and 2023, €48 million was available for this program. From June 2022 until the end of 2023, an additional €45 million has been made available for the Green for Households III project, which was increased by €5 million in March 2023. Solarstone, as a registered contractor for this program, can aid households in accessing these funds.

In addition, the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA) is preparing a new project with a budget of €140 million. More details about this project and the subsidy amount will be available soon.

The "Obnov dom" (Renew Home) program, implemented by the Slovak Environmental Agency, provides a more generous subsidy for PV panels – €830 per kW with a maximum of €2,500. For socially or health-disabled applicants, the support is increased to €996 per kW, with a maximum of €3,000.

Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof solutions align closely with Slovakia's national energy efficiency goals. By integrating renewable energy production with building materials, these solutions support the country's transition towards a more energy-efficient and sustainable future. Furthermore, these innovative solar solutions reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption while offering significant cost savings for homeowners and businesses. Currently, the Slovak market for solar panels or coverings is in a substantial growth phase. With more than 1 million buildings (including homes, businesses, and public buildings) and less than 2% (1.6%) using some form of green energy, there is enormous potential for expansion. Solarstone's innovative solutions are well-positioned to help Slovakia meet its energy efficiency goals and tap into this largely untapped market

Environmental and Economic Benefits

Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof solutions offer numerous environmental and economic benefits, including: 1. Reducing CO2 emissions and energy consumption: These innovative solar solutions generate clean, renewable energy, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. 2. Cost savings for homeowners and businesses: By investing in Solar Full Roof or Solar Tiled Roof, individuals and organisations can save on energy costs and enjoy a significant return on investment. 3. Contributing to Slovakia's transition to renewable energy: Adopting these solar solutions is vital in helping Slovakia achieve its energy efficiency goals and shift towards a more sustainable future.

Challenges and Future Prospects

Despite the promising potential of Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof solutions, some challenges still need to be addressed in their implementation, such as further customer education and awareness. Milan Gbelec, Head of Sales at Hybrid House, acknowledges these challenges, stating, "We understand that customer education is key to the widespread adoption of our solar solutions. As we continue to grow, we are committed to providing resources and support to help our customers understand the benefits and advantages of Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof systems."

However, the growing demand for sustainable energy solutions in Slovakia and the ongoing commitment of companies like Hybrid House and Solarstone to innovation and development indicate a bright future for these technologies.

Future innovations and developments from Hybrid House and Solarstone are expected to continue addressing the challenges in the market and contribute to the broader adoption of sustainable energy solutions

Conclusion

Solar Full Roof and Solar Tiled Roof solutions offer numerous benefits, including reduced CO2 emissions, energy consumption, and cost savings for homeowners and businesses. The partnership between Hybrid House and Solarstone demonstrates a solid commitment to promoting sustainable living and environmental responsibility

By considering these innovative solar solutions for their homes and businesses, individuals and organisations can contribute to Slovakia's transition towards renewable energy and support the country's progress in achieving its energy efficiency goals. With a focus on continuous

innovation, Hybrid House and Solarstone are poised to play a crucial role in shaping a more sustainable future for Slovakia and beyond.

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Subsidies for households

The new Green Homes 2023-2029 project has EUR 151.6 million available from the Slovakia Program of which EUR 58.1 million is for the installation of equipment in the Bratislava region.

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