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Romania: A Subsidy Scheme and its Implementation Problems

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on August 28, 2012

Romania is the only major country in Europe without a commercial manufacturer of solar flat plate collectors. The photo, however, shows a small, non-commercial collector manufacturing unit in Timişoara, in the west of Romania. It produces collectors for some solar water heating systems of local Caritas institutions and is supported by the German Urbis Foundation. The reason why all other neighbouring countries - Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Ukraine – have already seen a number of component manufacturers being established, but Romania has not, can be found in the inconsistency of the country’s support policy and the high bureaucratic hurdles when it comes to the programme itself. After applications are approved, there are still contracts to be signed and further papers to be handed in after the installation before applicants can receive their money.
Photo: Urbis Foundation

Romania: Casa Verde Programme continues on 1 June

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on July 3, 2011

 Programul Casa Verde” The 1 June 2011 saw the relaunch of the Romanian subsidy Programme 'Casa Verde'. The programme, originally initiated in 2010, provides financial assistance for the installation of solar collectors, heat pumps or biomass heating systems in residential, governmental, public and religious buildings. The programme's budget is financed by the National Environmental Fund in Romania (Administraţia Fondului pentru Mediu). In 2011, Romanian Leu (RON) 735 million - EUR 175 million - have been made available for it. The programme was restarted with the same conditions as in 2010.

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