Brno hands down jail sentence for solar power plant fraud

A court in Brno has handed down a six-year prison sentence to the owner of a solar power plant who fraudulently got it registered for high renewable power payments. The owner got technicians to falsely say that the plant was completed before 2010 so that it could benefit from high state subsidies. At the time the solar panels and other equipment was not installed and the plant was not actually up and running until February 2011. One of the technicians was sentenced to five years. The court also demanded 12 million crowns to be reclaimed from the owner. A raft of similar cases are expected to come before Czech courts.