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Bulgaria: Experts Discuss Solar Thermal at Renewable Energies in Buildings Conference

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 9, 2014
Uwe TrenknerOnce again, Bulgaria is facing political turmoil, with early elections due to take place in autumn. The outgoing cabinet of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has been embroiled in fierce disputes with both the conventional and the renewable energy sector. For example, when the government had tried to keep electricity prices low for political reasons, no public or private utility affected by the government’s decision received any kind of compensation for its losses. On 17 June, German and Bulgarian renewable energy experts and business representatives, among them solar thermal system manufacturers, gathered for the Renewable Energies in Buildings conference organised by the German-Bulgarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Uwe Trenkner, a former Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, used the conference to speak about solar heating and solar cooling for buildings. “Obviously, the solar heat market in Bulgaria isn’t doing so well,” he said regretfully.
Photo: Frank Stier 
 

Bulgaria: Sunny Mood at SEE Solar 2012 in Sofia

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 2, 2012

 South-East European Solar Exhibition While representatives from over 250 companies and 31 countries gathered at the Inter Expo Center Sofia for the 8th South-East European Solar Exhibition on 28 March, the Bulgarian government decided to cancel the highly controversial Belene Nuclear Power Plant project. Of course, the timing was only a coincidence. But still, the government’s decision could have an impact on the future development of renewable energies in Bulgaria. For years, critics of the government’s plans to set up the Belene plant for an estimated EUR 10 billion feared that the project could tie funds urgently needed to improve the country’s poor energy efficiency and leave too little money for green energy projects, such as solar thermal installations on the roofs of public buildings. Now, with a definite end to the idea of another nuclear power plant, market players in Bulgaria hope for new growth in the sector of alternative energies.
Photo: Frank Stier

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