Romania will most probably start its comprehensive subsidy programme for renewable energies, Green House, in mid-January 2009. Solar thermal, photovoltaics, small wind turbines and heat pumps are among the approved technologies for the programme. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministerul Mediului si Dezvoltarii Durabile) provides 520 million Romanian Leu (about €142 million) during the first year of the programme, starting on the 15th of January 2009 and ending in December 2009. Residential, commercial and industrial clients can benefit from rebates. Applicants have to buy the equipment from installers which were approved by the Ministry.
The list of selected companies will be published on the website of the Authority for the Environment (Administratia Fondului pentru Mediu) as soon as the 1,950 applicants are checked: www.afm.ro.
You will find details about the subsidy programme within the database of incentive programmes on this website: www.solarthermalworld.org/node/376
The solar thermal market in Romania is underestimated. Different sources, such as the annual statistics of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF) consider the 2007 market volume to be 500 m2. Another market study, conducted by the Oskar von Miller – Conception, Research & Design Institute for Thermal Power Equipment in Bucharest, on behalf of the EC funded project EAST-GSR (Solar thermal applications in EASTern Europe with Guaranteed Solar Results), estimates that 400 m2 of collector area is installed per year. Download the study: www.solareast-gsr.net
Olimpiu Achim, director of Viessmann Romania, shakes his head about estimations like this: “We sold an area of over 3,000 m2 in 2008 and, thus, doubled our sales, compared to 2007.” Achim states that his company has a market share of 30%, meaning approximately 10,000 m2 could have been sold in Romania in 2008.
So far, the market was only driven by very high energy prices. The Viessmann Romania director appreciates the new incentive programme, because “it will help us to overcome a difficult year”. He estimates that in 2009 the market can grow around 20 % again.
Authority for the Environment (Administratia Fondului pentru Mediu): www.afm.ro
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministerul Mediului si Dezvoltarii Durabile): www.mmediu.ro