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Deployment trumps manufacturing in EU priorities

A lack of clear policy support, raw material dependency, and higher production costs are inhibiting the localization of European solar manufacturing, despite strong demand.

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Romania to launch first CfD renewable energy auction

Romania is set to launch its first auction for a contracts-for-difference (CfD) support scheme later this month. It will tender 2 GW of solar and wind capacity, backed by 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs).

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Romania resumes development of 1 GW pumped hydropower project

Romania is resuming the development of the Tarniţa Lăpuşteşti pumped hydro storage project, with a planned capacity of 500 MW to 1 GW. It will be the first installation of its kind in the country.

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Romanian utility launches tender for 12 MW solar project

Romanian utility Electrica SA has launched a tender for a 12 MW solar project. Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors have until July 27 to submit their offers.

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Romanian oil supplier acquires 710 MW solar portfolio

Romania’s OMV Petrom has acquired a 710 MW solar project portfolio. It said that all of the PV installations are all close to the ready-to-build stage.

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Romania removes legal barriers to development of large-scale solar

The Romanian president has passed a new law to shorten the permitting process for solar projects installed on less than 50 hectares of buildable land.

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Cadmium telluride PV windows for domestic hot water production

Romania-based startup Photovoltaic Windows has developed an off-grid domestic hot water system powered by cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic semi-transparent glasses. It claims a 0.7 kW pilot installation on an apartment balcony in Bucharest resulted in annual savings of €1,100 ($1,202).

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Romania introduces new rules for energy storage

The Romanian government has issued long-anticipated secondary regulations for the deployment of storage systems.

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Romania allocates $666 million for solar rebates

The Romanian authorities say that its new state budget will facilitate the deployment of more than 150,000 PV systems.

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Romania reduces VAT on residential solar to 5%

The Romanian parliament adopted a reduction from 19% to 5% on value-added tax (VAT) on PV panels for use in residential homes and public buildings.

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