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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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


Romania introduces new rules for energy storage

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


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.


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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