Households applying for incentives in the Casa Verde Fotovoltaice program for solar power systems will use an electronic application and the funds will be approved by local authorities. Additionally, the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority eased the conditions and simplified the procedure for future prosumers to connect their renewable energy generation facilities to the grid.
Minister of Environment, Water and Forests Barna Tánczos said the Casa Verde Fotovoltaice scheme would be decentralized and that local authorities would be approving grants to residents. The program for solar panels on rooftops or next to family homes is also getting a new software for applications, he added.
The goal is to make such mechanisms more efficient, to simplify the procedures and shorten the processing of the applications, according to the minister. He said he spoke to the Municipality Association of Romania (AMR) about a round planned for 2023 and the funding that they can get from the Ministry of the Environment through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP or PNRR).
The next call within the Casa Verde Fotovoltaice scheme will be published before the end of the year, according to Tánczos, who claimed “hundreds of thousands of households” are interested. The only issues are the volume of available solar panels and the capacity of firms that install them, he stressed.
ANRE simplified the rules for prosumers planning to connect renewable energy generation systems of up to 400 kW
In other news, the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority or ANRE changed the rules for prosumers to make the commissioning of renewable energy facilities of up to 400 kW easier. The panel pointed out that it has received a large number of requests for connections to the power distribution network.
The regulations were simplified for citizens, businesses and public institutions that got technical approval before July 25 but didn’t sign the contract until then. Also, the deadlines for submitting construction permits – 12 months from signing the contract and 18 months from the technical approval – were extended by six months each for contracts that were valid on March 4 and June 17.