How to become a prosumer in Romania

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June 19, 2019

How to become a prosumer in Romania

Starting January 1, 2019, Romanians can produce and inject into the grid the energy produced by sun and captured by means of a photovoltaic system. That means the energy produced by the sun into electricity needed to cover own consumption, and the energy surplus produced can be sold to one of the accredited electricity suppliers, at a price of RON 0.223/kWh.

So, customers will have the right to act as active customers and have the right to consume, store and sell self-generated electricity.

Solar energy production has a lot of advantages, the most important is that is a truly renewable energy source and will be accessible as long as we have the sun. So, with the electricity generated by the solar system, your energy bills will drop.

Even the amortization of the initial investment is estimated at approximately 7 years, at the end of this period, energy production costs are eliminated, the prosumer being even in the situation of getting money for the electricity surplus produced and injected into the grid.

In order to stimulate the development of photovoltaic systems, the Environment Fund Administration (AFM) will grant financing incentives to beneficiaries, within the limit of RON 20,000. Eligible expenses to benefit from financing are the purchase of panels, the inverter, connection materials, the system installation structure and the power board, the communication module and the smart meter.

The program has been started and the list of approved installers is awaited, most likely it will be available at the end of June 2019.

Gabriela Munteanu – Head of the Technical Regulations Service, Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) said: “There are currently about 70 prosumers connected with as many sale-purchase contracts.”

Also, Cornel Brezuica, President of AFM said: “I can say that there are about 270 installers at national level who can implement the photovoltaic panels program. An internal procedure will follow, between AFM and the Ministry of Development, which is currently uncompleted. Later, we will be able to outline the deadlines for starting the program and present a timetable. Currently we are unable to announce exact deadlines.”

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