WWF Hungary conducted a short desktop research analysing the SECAPs of 12 bigger rural towns in Hungary. Results show that the overwhelming majority of cities would like to see new solar energy investments in their territory in the next decade. This is in alignment with the central government’s plans to boost solar photovoltaic power reaching up to 12 GW capacity – around two thirds of the total in the country – until 2040.


Geothermal and biomass are also popular: 8 and 7 out of the 12 surveyed cities, respectively, want to include these in their future energy mix. This is not surprising considering the significant geothermal reserves and biomass production capacity of the country.


What is more remarkable is that around one third of the cities would like to embark on wind energy despite the government’s clear negative stance effectively blocking new wind power additions in the country since 2009.


Only one city sees hydropower as a viable option in their future energy mix. Again, no surprise here as Hungary has no serious hydropower resources.