Bulgaria to abolish limitations for rooftop solar panels for own use

Bulgaria abolish limitations rooftop solar panels own use

Photo: Manny Becerra on Unsplash


May 26, 2022






May 26, 2022





Bulgaria is introducing a law that would eliminate the administrative procedure for households and firms to install renewables on buildings – essentially rooftop solar panels, though they won’t be able to deliver any surpluses to the grid for now.

The National Assembly of Bulgaria supported a motion, with 109 votes in favor and 11 against, to allow the installation of systems for the production of electricity from renewable sources for own consumption on rooftops and façades without the need to obtain permits. The members of parliament that submitted the bill said it would speed up the process of such facilities.

The capacity cap is a whopping 5 MW. The new rules would apply to structures in urban areas. Lawmakers have another round of voting in a plenary session to pass the proposal.

The procedure remains complex for the prosumers who wish to deliver their excess electricity output to the grid

If the owners want to deliver the power surplus from their rooftop solar panels to the grid, they will still have to go through a complex and lengthy procedure to register as producers, due to insufficient capacity.

Chairman of the Energy Committee Radoslav Ribarski from the We Continue the Change group, the largest one in parliament, promised the next step would be to regulate the placement of excess electricity in the market. In his words, the trend across Europe is for prosumers to sell their surpluses.

The European Commission’s REPowerEU plan includes measures to accelerate the permitting process for wind and solar power

The European Union has urged member states to accelerate the permitting process for renewables, especially wind and solar power projects, in a push to end the reliance on Russian fossil fuels as soon as possible. The proposed REPowerEU package of measures and funding enhances the climate ambitions set out under the European Green Deal and the NextGenerationEU emergency spending program of more than EUR 800 billion for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the plan also envisages an increase in the use of fossil fuels in the short term.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles


Fossil fuels returned as top energy source in EU power generation in 2021

01 July 2022 - Among renewable sources, the biggest increase in 2021 was seen in electricity produced from solar energy, 13%,

Voltalia breaks ground Albania biggest solar park Western Balkans Karavasta

Voltalia breaks ground in Albania for biggest solar park in Western Balkans

01 July 2022 - The site for the Karavasta solar park spans 196 hectares in Fier county in Albania's west. The planned capacity is 140 MW.


Serbia’s power utility EPS posts Q1 net loss of EUR 254 million

30 June 2022 - The state-owned power utility is blaming the poor result on a drop in output, electricity imports, and capped prices for end-consumers

EU agrees fossil fuel car ban as climate package talks are starting

EU agrees fossil fuel car ban as climate package talks are starting

29 June 2022 - The Council of the EU and European Parliament are set for talks on the Fit-for-55 package. Both agree new combustion engines should be banned by 2035.