Photovoltaics in Romania: rooftop installations

Stable legal environment needed for the photovoltaic energy field

Bucharest, April 23rd, 2012

“Romania needs a stable and predictable legislative environment, so investors could  develop important projects in renewable energy field in general, and in the photovoltaic segment in particular,” stated Robert Cruceru, Executive Director of the Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association – RPIA, during the event “Photovoltaics in Romania: rooftop installations” on April 19th, 2012 in Bucharest. ”We need to make sure that the investors can rely long term on our legal system otherwise they move to other countries,” added Cruceru.

The conference confirmed once again the clear desire of government officials to increase the number of sources for alternative energy in Romania’s energetic mix, thus aligning the country with the European trend of increasing the energetic efficiency and independence.

In regards to the much discussed cut in the number of green certificates for solar energy, RPIA’s arguments for maintaining the current support scheme have been heard even by Romanian authorities that understand more and more about the necessity of stability in legal framework: ” I am in favour of maintaining the current number of Green Certificates, and I highly appreciate the manner in which Law 220/2008 was elaborated. I believe in the purpose of Law 220/2008 of creating a cleaner environment for our future generations,” explained Mugurel Surupaceanu, member of the Romanian Parliament.

If a correction will be imposed at any point in time in the number of green certificates, considering the engagement Romania has taken to EU, The Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority will be forced to intervene. Mr.Petru Lificiu, vicepresident of ANRE is not in favor of this measure “I would not support quick changes of the number of green certificates for solar“.

The healthy solar mix is consisting of large solar plants and increasingly also of self-sustainable energy independent buildings both commercial and residential: “Germany – certainly not a sunny paradise – with now over 24 GW of PV-capacity installed, last year had 70% (out of 7,500 MW) of newly installed capacity on its roofs,“ adds Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes, president of European Renewable Energies Federation. “The logic is simple – in few years it will be less expensive for consumers to use PV-electricity from their roofs than to buy from an energy utility.”

Romania has a couple of extraordinary advantages for developing investments in photovoltaic rooftops projects: it is a country that enjoys the sun more than Germany and Austria – with tradition in the PV sector, has a great number of buildings that are very well suited for these types of projects, and most importantly, this field can create a large number of specialized jobs: “In the Czech Republic, around 4,000 people are working in this field, this reported to a population that is half the size of Romania’s”, mentioned Ales Spacil, Managing Director Conergy CEE.

The panel discussion at the end of the conference pointed out that there are clear regulatory requirements by European Union under which the member states are supposed to adapt their national grids for increased shares of renewables and to facilitate necessary balancing power to cover peaks in the solar and wind production.