Romania to introduce net metering for solar up to 100 kW


The Romanian energy regulator ANRE has published a draft order setting the rules for net metering for solar and renewable energy installations with a capacity of up to 100 kW.

The owners of power generators installed under the scheme will be entitled to sell electricty surplus to the country’s four power distributors, which are Enel, CEZ, E. On and Electrica, at a rate that will be set by ANRE, depending on the distributors.

Local newspaper Unirea, which cites unidentified sources from the industry, reveals that the rate would be in the range of 200 LEI ($51.6) per MWh, and that the new rules will come into force after their publication in the country’s official journal.

Moreover, the order establishes that power distributors, for which a maximum capacity to be installed under the scheme of 100 MW has been set, will be responsible for paying imbalance charges.

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The introduction of such a scheme would be undoubtedly a good news for the Romanian solar sector, which has so far mainly developed through the construction of solar parks. Most of the 1.3 GW of solar power installed in the country, in fact, is represented by MW-sized PV plants built under the green certificate scheme, which was launched in 2011.

The first attempt to support residential PV in Romania was made by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in July, when it launched a new framework aiming to help Romanian households to invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-saving solutions.

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