Romania will organize its first renewable tender in the first half of 2022 – pv magazine International

Romania will likely allocate several gigawatts of solar power through a series of procurement exercises over the next four years. According to the Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association, there are currently between 20 GW and 30 GW of large-scale renewable energy projects in various stages of development, with several hundred megawatts potentially coming online this year.

The Romanian government has revealed its intention to hold the country’s first tender for large-scale renewable energy projects in the first half of this year.

“Through various calls for tenders, at least 3 GW of new renewable energy capacity will be added to the country’s electricity mix by 2026,” said the executive director of the Romanian Association of the photovoltaic industry (RPIA), Mihai Balan, said pv magazine. “And about 2 GW of that will come from solar power plants.”

Balan said the funds needed to implement the tender program will come from the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) and the EU Modernization Fund. The authorities also plan to implement a contracts-for-difference system from 2023, with an additional 3.5 GW of renewable energy capacity to contract by 2025.

Balan said that there are currently between 20 GW and 30 GW of large-scale renewable energy projects in various stages of development. Several hundred megawatts could be brought online this year alone, he added.

“Some projects slated to operate under a power purchase agreement are now at an advanced stage of development and construction could start soon,” Balan said, noting that the new rules introduced by the government in May 2020 is more favorable for power purchase agreements. “All of the modeling that we’ve seen and worked on indicates that the original 2030 solar targets will be exceeded and we’ll likely see that reflected in official documents in 2022.-23, when the national energy and climate plan will have to be updated.

Balan said Romania’s future energy landscape will also be storage friendly. About 480 MWh of storage capacity could be deployed by the end of 2025, he said.

“Currently, it is expected to have a 2 GW battery industry by the end of 2025,” Balan said. “And the manufacturing of solar cells and modules could also resume in our country following the NRRP. “

Large-scale solar projects currently under development in Romania include panels under construction for the coal-fired electricity supplier Complexul Energetic Oltenia (CE Oltenia). It plans to build eight photovoltaic power plants with a combined capacity of 725 MW in several of its coal-fired power plants. Other photovoltaic projects currently underway include a 111 MW solar farm from OMV Petrom, an energy supplier majority-owned by the Austrian company OMV, as well as a 700 MW solar project that will be distributed among the municipalities of Grăniceri and Pilu. In addition, CE Oltenia is developing 310 MW of solar energy in one of its coal-fired power stations.

Romania is also supporting the deployment of rooftop photovoltaic panels through the Casa Verde Fotovoltaice (Green Photovoltaic House) program for residential solar installations, under the national net metering scheme. According to the latest statistics from the International Renewable Energy Agency, Romania had 1.39 GW of solar energy installed at the end of 2020.

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