Croatia: Krizevci City wants solar panels in leasing

Krizevci Municipality from Croatia launched an auction on December 12 in order to rent rooftops that belongs to the Municipality for installation of solar panels. The lease term is 14 years from the date of the auction. The systems will be mixed and will produce heat and electricity.

After the renting period these will remain in the Municipality property. The limit data for submission of the offers is December 28, 2012. All documentation can be dawnloaded from the city website: www.krizevci.hr

Frimu Ghinea 
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Germany: quality campaign by TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland has started a new campaign regarding the quality of photovoltaic installations systems in Germany.  According to Solar Energy Head of Business Field at TUV Rheinland, the gold is to provide enough information to the consumers and investors so they will be able to choose from all the photovoltaic systems offers in the solar market those who has already been certified and have passed the installation and inspection tests, according to a list of criteria.

TUV Rheinland auditors will certify the installations firms. Some of the requirements are that all the materials must have a certificate and test confirmation, the quality of the installation service must be accordingly, the company must operate according to standards and law.

Florentina Staicu
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The European Commission grants 1.2 billion Euro for the start of 23 innovative projects on renewable energy

The European Commission has provided over 1.2 billion Euro to finance 23 strong demonstration projects of innovative renewable energy in the first call for proposals for the so-called NER 300 funding program. The projects will be co-financed with the revenue obtained from the sale of 200 million emission certificates from the allowances for the new installation entered (NER) of the EU trading scheme emissions.

The projects cover a wide range of technologies regarding the energy from renewable sources – bio energy (including advanced bio fuel), concentrated solar power, geothermal energy, wind energy, ocean energy and the renewable energy management – “smart grids”.

Once in the stage of development, the projects will contribute collectively to increase the annual production of energy from renewable sources in Europe with approximately 10 TWh. This value represents the annual fuel consumption of over 1 million cars. Moreover, the aim is to successfully achieve a demonstration of technologies that will further contribute to a substantial increase in renewable energy production in EU.

Together, the winning projects will involve the participation of thousands of full-time workers during the construction phase (next 3 – 4 years). In the development stage about one thousand people will be employed with a full time job to maintain running the facilities for the next 15 – 20 years. These projects also seek positive effects on the economic growth and employment in the entire chain of supply for this sector.

Frimu Ghinea
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A new test regarding the energy efficiency in photovoltaic systems

TUV Rheinland has developed a new test in order to make compared measurements of different energy productions. Energy efficiency of the photovoltaic systems is a subject that has just started to be discussed, but there were a lot of difficulties to measure it until now. Starting with the beginning of February 2013, when it’s expected to begin this new test, we will have a better view on this subject.

From now on hopefully the data available in this energy production of photovoltaic systems will be more and accurate. With this occasion different photovoltaic modules, made by various manufacturers, will be compared in order to determine the energy efficiency of each one. The result of this test should be accurate enough having in view that all the modules could be tested under the same conditions, at the same time, making possible the recording of synchronous measurement data.

Florentina Staicu
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Bulgaria's solar thermal market

Bulgaria is one of the small solar thermal markets in the European Union. According to the latest data published by ESTIF (in June 2012, regarding 2011) this market size is 10,800 sqm of panels. Of this amount 10,000 sqm are flat plate collectors and 800 sqm are vacuum collectors. The good news is that the market is growing from 2009 and 2010.

From the data revealed by the market it seems that 2012 will have a value that almost equals the value of 2011, approximately 11,000 sqm. On this market there is a strong dispute between the three domestic manufacturers: NES-New Energy Systems Ltd., Tesy Ltd. si Eldominvest Ltd. All three companies have SolarKeymark certified products and a wide and scalable range of products.

Another characteristic of the Bulgarian market regards the continues struggle for the lowest price in the market and the support scheme given by the state which involves a subsidy of loans for solar installations.

Frimu Ghinea
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Freiburg: Workshop on fire protection on 23rd of January, 2013

A workshop on fire protection in spring photovoltaic systems will take place on 23rd of January 2013 in Freiburg. This will be a good opportunity for all the participants to exchange interesting ideas and points of view with the specialists in the field.

A very hot subject that will be discuss during the workshop regards “Concepts, fire risk  assessment and development of photovoltaic systems to minimize safety risk” and one of the topics will regard the arc detection in photovoltaic systems. The workshop is subsided by the Federal Ministry for the environment.

Florentina Staicu
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Romania: two new solar parks will have solar panels from Suntech Power

Suntech Power Holdings is a Chinese company that has already penetrated in Romania. This time it will deliver 25 MW photovoltaic panels to SunSystem Company to build two solar parks that  will produce renewable energy in Romania.

According to a press release from the company Suntech Power Holdings, quoted by Mediafax, the two solar parks will be built by the end of next year. These parks will be developed RoEnergy company, a subsidiary of Italian and will be operated by SunSystem.

Government of Romania supports the production of renewable solar energy through green certificates system. These certificates can be sold to electricity suppliers and on the other hand, energy producing companies will win by selling energy also.

At the end of this year installed solar power in Romania will be 50 to 100 MW, next year could reach 1,000 MW capacity and the target for 2016 is 1,500 MW, according to estimates released by the National Regulatory Authority for Energy.

Frimu Ghinea
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Romania : Timisoara new technology park

A new technology park was contracted by the Regional Development West Agency in Timisoara. This will include manufacturing facilities, warehouses, administrative offices, parking, access to utilities, public services and shops. Timis County Council project will be called "Technologic Park for Alternative Energy Timisoara".

The project will be financed by about 19 mil by  Regio Operational Programme, Priority 1, "Supporting sustainable development of cities - urban growth poles".It is intended as supporting technology companies in energy production from renewable sources.

Florentina Staicu
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Moldova: new sources of green energy information

Energy Efficiency Agency in partnership with Energy and Biomass Project in Moldova launched a new web communication platform dedicated to biomass energy,one of the most affordable sources of renewable energy from Moldova.

www.biomasa.aee.md is the place that will gather all the information regarding the biomass energy in the renewable energy sector: "facts and figures about the potential of biomass for Moldova, news from the sector, studies in the field, communication materials, history success" according to Mihai Stratan, Director of Energy Efficiency Agency.

There will be also technical examples related to coupling the biomass plants. The website was developed with the support of the UE-PNUD "Energy and Biomass in Moldova".

Frimu Ghinea
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Official declarations after Moldova Eco-Energetica 2012.

"The use of renewable energyy sources and increasing the efficiency of energy use are a priority for the Republic of Moldova. This reform aims to enhance the energy security of the country, diminish the dependency on imports, create new jobs and not at last, protect the environment. I salute the initiative of launching a competition that acknowledges the most notable accomplishments in the area of renewable energy use and energy efficiency. I am confident that the success stories promoted today will encourage others to follow the example”, declared Vlad Filat, Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova, during Moldova Eco-Energetica Awards Ceremony.

„I am enjoying the fact that Moldova Eco Energetica Fist Awarding Edition takes place in 2012 – the year declared by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Sustainable Energy for Al – an Initiative supported by 60 Governments, the Moldovan Government inclusive”, Cihan Sultanoglu, Deputy Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS has pointed out.

„The success of any completed reform shall be measured not just by the Authorities; every Member of the Society should be involved. When ordinary citizens, private sector and civil society launch initiatives unfolded hand-in-hand with the Government endeavours to reform the Energy Sector, we can speak about true reforms. The Success Stories awarded today may serve as such evidence”, Dirk Schuebel, Head of EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova has stated.

source: www.aee.md
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Romania : Faurei - the first photovoltaic park

The city hall of Faurei Village, Braila County,Romania,intends to build a photovoltaic park. In this respect, an auction will be organized on 8th of January, 2013. This park, the first for Faurei, will be build on 100,000 sqm with private investment.

If this project will be accomplished, having in view its size, will become the biggest investment in Faurei in the last 20 years.  An advantage of this project is its location, a place where the solar irradiation intensity is at the highest point from Braila County and one of the highest in the country.

We are looking forward for the first energy produced by this photovoltaic park.

Frimu Ghinea
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Slovakia: the future is the renewable energy sector

Slovakia’s need for energy so far was provided mainly from import, but also from the nuclear energy. After Slovakia has entered European Union the state had to align its policy and regulations to those of EU.

The production of electricity from nuclear energy will represent around 50 percentages after 2013 but it still will not be able to entirely support the electricity consumption.
Both of these reasons led to the need of searching for renewable energy. The UE regulations and policies regarding the renewable sector are captured into the Europe 2020 program. According to this program Slovakia has to increase its share of renewable in the electricity consumption up to 20 percent by the end of 2020.

Starting with 2009 Slovakia started to promote the energy efficiency and renewable technologies with the help of electricity tariffs which are fixe for 15 years but is also trying to solve most of the obstacles that could slow down the expansion in the renewable sector.

Slovakia is now looking forward to embrace the renewable energy sector, focusing on geothermal, biomass, hydro and solar power.

Florentina Staicu
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Macedonia: is interested to invest in Solar Energy

What can you do when your country has around 1,400 sun-hours a year? You can start beying interested in the solar energy.

Macedonia, which has much better conditions to invest in renewable energy resources than former Yugoslav countries or Slovenia has developed an interest to invest in Solar Energy and maybe in the future it will produce electrical energy in its own solar power plants with the help of a company from Slovenia which plans to invest in solar power plants in Macedonia.


Frimu Ghinea
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SDE 2012 was a great opportunity for Romanian and Hungarian students

Two teams, both of them from Eastern Europe, have impressed on Solar Decathlon from Madrid, Spaign which took place in october 2012. The two teams are from Hungary - Odoo and from Romania - Prispa. Both have succeded to place themselves on meritorious ranks, the 6th place for the Hungarian team and the 9th place for the Romanian team.SDE 2012 has been the most visited edition in the history of the competition. The Villa Solar has received over  220,000 visits, 64,094 of which were guided tours.

More than 5,000 children from different schools of Madrid carried out the activities developed by 10Action for Solar Decathlon Europe in order to raise awareness of responsible use of renewable energy in buildings. Over 2,000 university students and more than 6,000 professionals have also visited the solar houses.

Solar Decathlon Europe has also had a notable presence in social networks: Facebook, with 8,872 followers, has reached, during de competition, 124,000 people; Twitter, with 2,165 followers has come, in the same period, to 120,000 people. The www.sdeurope.org web audience has also increased with 144,213 visits in the competition days, and the blog has had 5,700 views.


Frimu Ghinea
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Bulgaria: China might leave the Renewable Energy Sector

Starting with  July 2012, Bulgaria’s State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) decided to reduce the purchasing rates for electricity produced from renewable energy sources.

Currently the fees are based on SEWRC (State Energy and Water Regulatory Commission’s estimates, but having in view the continued protests from the energy companies as well as from the foreign chambers of commerce, the head of Bulgarian State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation announced that they will need at least 6 months in order to collect the data needed to establish how large the grid access fees have to be.

China is one of the biggest investors in Bulgaria’s renewable energy system. Since 2012 a Chinese company has perfected a solar park in Ihtiman and another Chinese company plan to invest in a big green energy project has been announced.

The current situation might force Chinese companies to seize the operation in the renewable energy sector in Bulgaria due to the impossibility of implementing the investor’s business plans.

Florentina Staicu
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Moldova: Eco-Energetica Awards 2012 - Winners

In December 2012, in Chisinau, took place the first Awards Edition of Moldova Eco-Energetica. More than 65 applications participated to this very important contest in the period between 1st of July – 20th September 2012 and all these applications were reviewed by experts for deciding the big winners.

Moldova Eco-Energetica is the most important and also the largest initiative in Moldova regarding the renewable energy. The Awards Ceremony was attended by a large number of officials, ambassadors, ministers, academia and civil society, representatives of international organizations, a total of more than 300 people interested in the future of renewable energy in Moldova.

Moldova Eco Energetica is organised by the Agency for Energy Efficiency and the Ministry of Economy on the initiative of Moldova Energy and Biomass Project. The whole event is financed by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by UNDP.
This year Moldova Eco-Energetica has 11 winners: individuals, public institutions as well as individuals were declared the “Champions of the Eco-Energy Sector of Republic of Moldova”.

The winners are:
Best Project in Solar Energy: Ecowatt Impex SRL, Chisinau
Best Project in Wind Energy: Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau
Best Project in Geothermal Energy: Sergiu Cocarla, Chisinau
Best Project in Biomass Energy: Agrobiobrichet SRL
Best Project in Biogas Energy: Vasile Moraru, Colonita
Best Energy Efficiency Project in the Public Sector: Public Hospital from Orhei
Best Energy Efficiency Project in the Private Sector: Laiola SRL
Best Initiative of Public Communication and Awareness: Ion Muntean
Best Educational Initiative: Technical University of Moldova, Chisinau
Best Initiative of the Youth: Gutta Club


Florentina Staicu
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Bulgaria: new hybrid photo-thermal collector from Sunsystem

As everybody knows the renewable energy sector is the future but it is still at its beginnings. This is the moment when some companies acting in this field are trying to improve the systems.

Having in view on one hand that PV module as well as the solar thermal collectors need a high solar activity to perform at their best capacity, and on the other hand high solar activity is possible only in warm seasons, determining the system not to run at their maximum efficiency , Sunsystem has created a new hybrid photo-thermal collector, called SUNSYSTEM PT, which is a combination between a solar thermal collector and a PV module.

The new concept of Sunsystem PT is a cell that has ca ability to permanently cool down using the thermal absorber passing behind the cell layer. This new hybrid performs simultaneously two functions because the heat absorbed from PV is used for heating the water if is connected to a DHW system.

The main advantages of the new PVT are the compact design (spare mounting space), higher electricity field (comparing with the regular PV) and the fact that it powers a hot water system.

There are 3 models of PVT: SUNSYSTEM VTC 15, SUNSYSTEM VTC 20, SUNSYSTEM VTC 30, all of them having high performances and maximum capture of solar radiations, representing a solution for any solar installation.

Frimu Ghinea
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Serbia will build one of the largest solar parks in the world

Starting with the spring of 2013, Serbia with Securum Equity Partners Company will start building one of the largest solar parks in the world. It will have a capacity of 1,000 MW and will be completed by the end of 2015.

Serbia already has approved the plan for this huge solar park. The estimated cost is around 1.28 B EUR and will produce around 1.14 terawatt hours a year. The panels used will be provided by MX Group Southeast Europe.

Serbia will try to provide land free of charge for this solar park having in view that around 500 jobs will be created once the solar park will be running. In the meantime, for the construction of this solar park, around 3,000 people will be hired.
The electricity that will be produced will be exported in Western Europe.

Florentina Staicu
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Czech Republic: Global solar horizontal irradiation

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Cyprus: Global solar horizontal irradiation

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Croatia: Global solar horizontal irradiation

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Ukraina – “local content” amendment on green energy

In Ukraine, Mykola Romaniuk (Pro presidential Party of Regions) and other two deputies in his faction proposed an amendment to the law  of electricity, a so called “local content” requirement.

Because Romaniuk considers Ukraine to be a very attractive market on renewable energy for the foreign investors which are eager to enter on Ukraine’s market and having in view the green tariffs rates -  the government pays high prices for the electricity from renewable energy sources – he considered opportune to request the increase of the “local content” used to built renewable plant up to 50 percent, from the current 30.

This amendment could create more jobs on the renewable energy sector, increase the tax revenue and also develop Ukraine’s renewable energy market by assisting production.
On the same time, some foreign investors are concerned that the “local content” requirement will force out the foreign businesses interested in the Ukrainean renewable energy market.


Frimu Ghinea
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SMEThermal 2013 in Berlin

If SMEThermal 2012 was a success atracting over 170 key players from solar thermal industry,  SMEThermal 2013 will surely be even more intresting having in view some of the topics that will be discussed.

SMETHermal 2013 will take place on January 29, 2013 – in Berlin and you have to save the date and be there to participate to the leading international solar thermal industry conferences along with key players from solar thermal industry, collector and tank manufacturers, specialists in production tehnology and material suppliers.

The hot topics of SMEThermal 2013 are: Technology Outlook, Pros and Cons of new absorber models, Trends in the tank business.If you want to know how the solar thermal systems and components will look like in 2020, you will have the opportunity to see the representative of  research institutions and consultancies presenting and discussing their ideas regarding the future technology development and market.
If you are interested in a comparation between the new absorber materials and technologies – roll bonding, polymers and aluminium profiles, research companies and manufacturing specialists  will take you into a journey trying to determine which one is best in the manufacturing process, which are the cost and the performances of each one.

If you want to know which are the the results of an international survey among 300 solar tank manufacturers, SMEThermal 2013 will provide the exclusive results in the storage tank session along with another focus in the EU framework for enameled storage tanks and the impact that these has on the industry.
For the first time, all the participants are invited to attend the Opening Dinnes on the evening before the conference starts, on January 28, 2013, between 8 – 10 pm with drinks and oriental food included, as the organizer, the German renewable energy service provider Solarpraxis AG announced. The conference language is english.

Online registration is available now on the conference organizers website. Save around 20% for early bird registration before December 2012! If you are ESTIF member you will benefit from an additional reduction. You can also book for the conference dinner online, in a separate form.

For any further information please access the following link:
http://www.solarpraxis.de/en/conferences/smethermal-2013/general-information/

Florentina Staicu
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Bosnia & Herzegovina: Global solar horizontal irradiation

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Bulgaria : Global solar horizontal irradiation

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Albania : Global solar horizontal irradiation

Global solar horizontal irradiation from Albania.






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New EU rules will lead to solar market growth in Eastern Europe

A new European directive requires Member States of UE, starting with December 31st, 2020 to build only buildings with very high energy performance, the so called buildings “nearly zero-energy”.
The “nearly zero-energy” building is well insulated and has the capacity to produce most of its energy consumption from renewable sources by using equipments that will be provided in buildings or in their nearest area.

The directive refers to all that means consumption for heating, cooling, hot water production and consumption of lighting required if non-residential buildings. As an exception, public administration buildings housing must meet the requirements of this standard starting with December 31st, 2018 – two years earlier.
This new European directive aims to build housing with a very high energy performance, building able to secure energy mostly from renewable energy sources. With its implementation will produce a significant increase in solar market in Eastern Europe.

Florentina Staicu
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Romania: SEE Energy Forum

On 27th and 28th of November 2012, at Pullman Hotel in Bucharest, took place the second edition of SEE Energy Forum, the most awaited event on international scale regarding the Solar Energy in South East Europe. The event took place in cooperation with Roman Green Building Council, Confederation of Industry, Agriculture, Constructions and Services of Romania (CONPIROM) and SACE.


The event was attended by decisions makers from the European Institutions, the Romanian Government, the President of Romania, ambassadors, market analysts, business, civil and academic representatives, Romanian and foreign journalists.

The discussions in SEE Energy Forum 2012 were about current topics related to Romania’s contribution to ensure regional energy security, financing projects in energy, green certificates and EU legislation, energy markets and regulatory framework of energy markets, Romania's contribution to building a pan-European energy policy, architectural design, sustainable building materials and technologies necessary among others.

Florentina Staicu
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Ukraine wants to make photovoltaic parks in UAE

At the end of November 2012 the President of Ukraine visited EAU. With this ocasion he made a proposal to his hosts to built turnkey wind and solar installations having in view that EAU is interested in attracting renewable energy.

The company envisaged by the President of Ukraine - Mr. Viktor Ianukovici is Activ Solar which already developed in the country a large photovoltaic field.

Frimu Ghinea
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Romania : Renewable Energy Award 2012

In November 2012, for the first time, “Renewable Energy Award powered by RENEXPO® South-East Europe" presented two categories:
1. The RENEXPO® South-East Europe Renewable Energy Award in the category of Outstanding Personality was awarded to Hermina Albert, Counsellor ISPE,  who reached special achievements in the field of energy efficiency and of the renewable energy.
2. The RENEXPO® South-East Europe Renewable Energy Award in the category of Innovative Technology was awarded to  ERATIC Spain, one of the companies present at the fair stand during this International Trade Fair for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency


The Jury this year was formed by: Ovidiu Apostol - Managing Director ISPE - Institute for Studies and Power Engineering, Professor Dr. Stefana Jurcoane - Vice-Dean Faculty of Biotechnology University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Bogdan Popa - President ROSHA - Romanian Small Hydropower Association, Ioan Faur - AREL - Romanian Electrical Asssociation, Timea Szanto - Project Manager RENEXPO® South-East Europe.

The Winners of 2012 are:
Outstanding Personality: Hermina Albert, Counsellor ISPE
Innovtive Technology: ERATIC Spain
REECO CUP 2012: P.M. Service Italy

Florentina Staicu
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Montenegro: has acceded into Energy Charter organization

This month, according to the Government of Montenegro, a ministerial meeting in Warsaw agreed the Declaration of accession of Montenegro in Energy Charter organization. The following step is for Montenegro to send to the Energy Charter Secretariat a report of three parts regarding business environment: energy efficiency, environmental impact and harmonization of legislation.

The conference of Energy Charter is held once a year and the report that Montenegro will send will be adopted in the annually conference. Energy Chapter treaty has 54 member states from Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Pacific and the former Soviet Union. This admission is a political instrument that offers the country the observer status. After the Energy Charter Treaty will be ratified in the national parliament it will become legally binding for Montenegro.

Florentina Staicu
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Bulgaria: Aqua Therm Sofia 2013

Aqua Therm Sofia is a very large expo which wants to develop into a meeting place for all the companies which want to exhibit their new product range and to see the new and advanced technology equipments offered at reasonable prices.

Aqua Therm Sofia is the perfect place to meet other exhibitors from all around the world and build new contacts that will help grow your business. This is the place where all the renewable sectors, water, heating and air ventilation will meet for all the companies interested to built up new relations and catch up with the latest technology.

You can join us between 20 – 23 of March, 2013, in Inter Expo & Congress Center, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Moldova: the first hospital with solar panels

Solaraterm Company, together with Apricus distribuitor in Moldova, AGS Group Company, installed the first solar thermal systems for public institutions in the former Sovietic Republic.

To "Perinatal Orhei Center" was financed the installation of solar collectors for domestic hot water preparation, this Center becoming the first hospital in Moldova which has Apricus solar thermal collectors.

The second system was installed on the surgical unit of the hospital in Telenesti. As in the first installation this one also provides hot water.

These facilities were financed by European Union represented by the EU Delegation in Moldova through the Moldova Social Investment Fund ( FISM) . The financing agreement for the project reached 2 milions Euro of which 1,5 milion is the grant provided by the EU.

The Project consisted in the purchasing and installation of boilers that run on briquettes mad from agricultural waste and solar thermal systems in 72 public institutions (schools, kindergardens, social health centers) situated in rural and urban areas with no access to natural gas network.

Frimu Ghinea

Links: Solara Term  , FISM .
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Romania : Roundtable in Timisoara regarding the renewable energy

Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture organized on November 22 a round table on renewable energy, green building and clustering. This project was funded by the European Union PROMOCLUS project, the Project for the Hungary-Romania from 2007 to 2013. Among the topics addressed were found encouraging clustering of SMEs, exchange of experience, the beneficial role of cross-border cooperation in the desire to develop the renewable energy sector.

The discussion was attended by representatives of companies in the sectors of energy and green building in Hungary, experts project as facilitators and representatives of companies in Romania, active in the construction and green energy.

In order to conclude cross-border business partnerships, Diaspora Foundation in Timisoara and Szeged Solar Tech organizes a number of events. These events are based on experience in renewable energy Arch of Szeged, which operates under the aegis Solar Tech.

The two project partners want to support the conclusion of partnerships between companies in the border area through these bilateral meetings.

Florentina Staicu
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Ukraine will triple Solar Energy Production in 2012

According to Macquarie Research – an international research company, Ukraine will increase its solar energy production by 400 MW and will start increasing its solar power production capacity by 400 MW per year between 2012 – 2013 and by 500 MW per year between 2014 – 2015. At this moment, the largest power installation in the world has a total capacity of 354 MW – Solar Energy Generating Systems facility in California.

As forecasts the research company by 2016 Ukraine will have solar power plants with a capacity of 1.8 GW and the solar energy will develop in Ukraine much faster than in Greece, Belgium, Austria or Switzerland.

In the last 3 years Ukraine build 20 solar power stations, in 2011 Ukraine launched the Europe’s largest solar power park in Crimea and in 2012 Ukraine’s parliament approved the first reading the bill in order to simplify access of householders to the lower costs of green energy.

In November 2011, an Ernst & Young report the renewable resource potential of Ukraine was considered “impressive”. The same document pointed out that Ukraine gives green energy company significant tax reductions.

Florentina Staicu
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First solar water heating systems installed in a remote village of Albania – Theth

Theth  is a remote village in Northern Albania with a community fighting poverty with a low-income, which lacks electricity and a local power station, but is also a national park, one of Albania’s largest woodlands, home for endangered species and wonderful  views.

Trying to promote tourism in this area for several years and trying to promote the technology of solar systems, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy, with the support of UNDP Climate Change Programme, Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) and in collaboration with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and Procredit Bank have inaugurated this year, in 20-th of  July the first solar water heating systems installed on 11 guesthouses.

In this project  2012 GEF/SGP and UNDP Solar Water Heating project decided to provide 11 guesthouses with solar water heaters in order to provide hot water for domestic use and showers.

In 2011, after several years of promoting the guesthouses tourism 12,000 guests visited the 23 operational guesthouses , comparing with 300 guests in 2006. Tourism can become the salvation of Theth, taking into consideration that few activities are profitable here due to the remoteness of the village, distance from market and poor quality of the land.
One of the companies which supported the project financially is ProCredit Bank, a financial institution which cooperates with Solar Water Heating project in Albanian market of energy efficiency financial products.

Florentina Staicu
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Denmark: a fluctuating solar market

According to the latest ESTIF data, solar thermal market in Denmark is in a slightly change in 2011 compared with 2010. 43.ooo sqm were installed, registering a 3.5% drop compared to 2010.

But still a slightly change started to feel in the beginning of 2012 and the hopes for this year are situated around 62.400 sqm, meaning around 43.6 MW. This change is determinate  by a number of major projects which were won in 2011 but that will be installed in 2012.

Mihai Vintila
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CRO ECO ENERGY EXPO 2012 Varaždin - Croatia

Just ended 4th International Renewable Energy Fair in Croatia at Varaždin Arena from city of Varaždin. This  regional fair event, specializing in new technologies, equipment and services in the field of renewable energy is one of the most importend in the country.

The fair is conceived of a platform which should promote and exchange experience and knowledge in the field of renewable energy sources and which brings together companies, international institutions and numerous professionals from this area.

Mihai Vintila
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Enreg Energia Regenerabila Arad 2013 - Romania

The ENERG Energia Regenerabila provides a comprehensive overview of the field of renewable energies and everything so accompanied. Parallel to this trade fair will meet experts from around the world to Congress in a knowledge transfer from research and development into practice speedily to ensure.

Date: March 06 - 08  / 2013
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ENEX New Energy Kielce 2013 - Poland

The international exhibition for renewable sources of energy ENEX New Energy is a venue for annual meetings held by companies specializing in the production of energy from renewable sources.

Exhibitors from Poland and abroad showcase new power equipment and technologies. The exhibition stands were full of state-of-the-art equipment used for the generation, transmission and distribution of energy from renewable sources. ENEX - New Energy is accompanied by about a dozen conferences and seminars.

Date: February 26 - 28 /2013
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RoEnergy South East Europe Timisoara 2012

The best decision to take advantage of the market is attending to the RoEnergy Timisoara 2012, International Trade Fair of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, which will take place in Timisoara, at Expovest Pavilion (Hotel Senator), in 28 - 30 November 2012. And to hold a maximum visibility, the best option is to reserve a booth at the exhibition starting right now.

Companies from the EU (Italy, Czech Republic, Hungary, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, etc.) have reserved booth as Exhibitors at the RoEnergy Timisoara, to be in the center of attention. The Event will include exhibition, conferences, roundtables, training applications, business meetings, etc., on topics solar / photovoltaic, biomass, biogas, biofuels, wind energy, hydropower, energy efficiency.

Mihai Vintila
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4th International Conference - Solar Energy in Romania

The 4th conference Solar Energy in Romania was opened by Mr. Alexandru SĂNDULESCU, Manager Energy Policies in the Romanian Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment.

Discussion abode information about feed in tariffs, utility scale PV in a changing South East European regulatory environment and also new energy support scheme in Romania.

All aspect of discussion was interesting and conference was very interesting point of meeting all experts in PV area.

Date: November 22, 2012
Location: Palace Hall, Bucharest, Romania
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PV market from Germany continue to grow

In September 2012 in German warket was instaled 1 gigawatt (GW). From January to September new installation come up to 6.2GW. If we look back at 2010 when all market was 7.4GW and in 2011 when 7.5GW instalations was dun we can discuss about growing market.

Probably at the end of 2012 value will be over 2011. Important supplyers in german market are First Solar (US), Suntech (China), Renewable Energy Corp (Norway) si SMA (Germany).

(M.V)
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Reluarea platilor in programul Casa Verde

Ca urmare a rectificarii bugetare s-au reluat platile in cadrul programului Casa Verde sectiunea dedicata persoanelor fizice. E vorba de platile pentru cei care au depus dosarele in cursul anului 2012  dupa luna mai pentru tragerea din 2011.

Reamintim ca programul va continua in 2013. Pana la finalul acestui an se vor inchide dosarele din sesiunile anterioare si se vor efectua plati. (M.V)
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Danemarca : o piata solara fluctuanta

Conform ultimelor date ESTIF piata de panouri solare termice in Danemarca este in schimbare usoara  in anul 2011 comparativ cu 2010. S-au instalat 43000 mp in scadere cu 3.5% fata de 2010.

Totusi o schimbare se simte la inceputul lui 2012 iar sperantele pentru acest an sunt de 62400 mp adica cca 43.6 MW. Aceasta schimbare este determinata de o seriede proiecte mari adjudecate in 2011 dar care vor fi instalate in 2012.

Mihai Vintila
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Republica Ceha: piata a scazut cu 30%

Piata de sisteme solare termice in Republica Ceha a scazut in anul 2011 cu 30% comparativ cu 2010. S-au instalat 65000 mp de panouri ceea ce reprezinta cca 45500 KW. Programul guvernamental de subventii a fost taiat si impactul asupra pietei a fost major.

Mihai Vintila ( date ESTIF )
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Energia Solară în România - editia a IV-a a Conferintei Internationale

România se bucură anul acesta de o crestere a numărului de investitori în domeniul energiei solare, iar odată cu aceasta a crescut si numărul de licente solicitate pentru instalarea de parcuri solare.

În 2012 numărul investitorilor care au solicitat licențe a ajuns deja la 300, fată de anul trecut când numărul acestora a fost de 50. Statul a aprobat o lege prin care investitorii primesc 6 certificate verzi pe MWh până la 1 ianuarie 2014 si nu doar până la 1 ianuarie 2013, asa cum a fost stabilit initial.

Pentru a sprijini dezvoltarea pietei de energii regenrabile în România, REECO va organiza cea dea V-a editie a târgului si conferintelor RENEXPO SOUTH-EAST EUROPE, între 21-23 noiembrie, la Sala Palatului din Bucuresti.
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EEE 2012 un targ discret

Editia EEE 2012 a fost indiferent ce spun organizatorii una discreta. Putine firme, slaba prezentare si mai ales slaba promovare. Daca nu ar fi fost in acelasi timp cu TIB ar fi fost o dezamagire si mai mare. Aceasta in ciuda pietei solare care nu a scazut dupa afirmatiile celor care sunt implicati in acest business.

Sper ca anul 2013 sa aduca consacrarea acestui targ dedicat energiilor regenerabile pe care Romexpo incerca sa il impuna in piata. Poate atunci.

Mihai Vintila
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De ce nu existã producţie de panouri solare în România

România este singura ţarã importantã din Europa care nu are un producãtor naţional de panouri solare termice. Nu se produc la noi nici panouri solare plane dar nici panouri solare cu tuburi vidate.

Pentru o ţarã de dimensiunile şi potenţialul nostru este un paradox. Avem de exemplu în Serbia un producãtor, în Bulgaria doi, în Ungaria doi pânã şi Slovenia are doi ba chiar şi Macedonia are doi pentru a nu mai spune de Polonia care are şapte!

Acum sã nu îmi spuneţi cã piata de panouri solare din Macedonia sau Serbia este mai mare ca cea din România pentru cã nu existã argumente în acest sens.

Numai în România se estimeaza cã s-au instalat in anul 2010, dupã ultimile date publicate în 2011 de cãtre European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, peste 10850 mp de panouri solare termale iar  numarul total în funcţiune a ajuns la peste 104700 mp. Comparativ putem spune cã în zona noastrã Polonia a instalat peste 102134 mp, Ungaria peste 14700 mp iar Bulgaria peste 5880 mp. Asa cum se poate observa in toate aceste cazuri existã şi producţie internã.

Programul Casa Verde a stimulat piaţa, a ajutat importatorii dar mai ales firmele de instalaţii care astfel s-au putut dezvolta. Mai mult decât atât particularii au avut acces la subvenţii, la informaţii din ce în ce mai corecte şi pertinente. Atunci de ce nimeni nu vine în întâmpinarea pieţei pentru a produce aici astfel de produse şi de ce nu pentru a le exporta chiar.

Au existat incercari din partea unor grupuri industriale române de a implementa o producţie de panouri solare. S-au luat licenţe de execuţie dar nu s-a reuşit trecerea la nivelul producţiei de masã, la exporturi etc.

Rãspunsul la întrebarea din titlu este din pãcate dat de legislaţie, de birocraţie dar mai ales de inconstanţa care guverneazã mediul de afaceri românesc. Nimeni nu îşi riscã banii fie el român sau strãin într-un mediu impredictibil. Faptul cã este aşa este arãtat de sistarea de ultim moment a programului Casa Verde.

Sper sã pot vedea pe piaţa din România şi nu numai produse româneşti şi astfel sã ne putem înscrie şi noi ca ţarã în trendul mondial al energiilor verzi.

Mihai Vintila ( InfoEst.ro)
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Intarzieri de plati in programul Casa Verde

Cu toate ca guvernul Ponta prin toate luarile de cuvant ale reprezentantilor sai sprijina programul Casa Verde acesta sufera de o subfinantare cronica. In acest moment la Agentia Fondului de Mediu din Bucuresti sunt liste cu mii de oameni care astepta sa isi primeasca subventia dupa ce au semnat contracte si au pus instalatii care folosesc energia verde.

Cele mai multe instalatii sunt de panouri solare. Exista o intarzierea in plati, in unele cazuri, de peste 6 luni! Recent guvernul a alocat o suplimentare dar banii inca nu au ajuns la beneficiari datorita vitezei mici in care se misca lucrurile in administatia de stat.

Pentur stat si pentru guvern efectuarea platilor ar fi cea mai rapida solutie. Nu cred ca cineva din cabinet e nerabdator sa mai aibe inca cateva mii de procese pe rol prin care sa se demonstreze inca o data ca Romania doar ia de la cetateni si nu da.

Pacat de aceste arierate pentru ca in sine programul nu este rau ba putem spune chiar bun atata pentru stat care reduce semnificativ factura de gaze catre rusi cat si pentru particulari care isi cresc confortul si platesc mai putin pentru energia termica.
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Renewable Energy Award acordat pentru prima oara

RENEXPO SOUTH-EAST EUROPE, cel mai mare eveniment de energie regenerabila si eficienta energetica, acorda pentru prima data "Renewable Energy Award", un premiu unei personalitati din industria de energie regenerabila si unei tehnologii inovatoare. Premiul se va acorda în cadrul Serii Profesionale pentru Networking, care va avea loc pe 22 noiembrie 2012, la Crystal Palace Ballrooms din Bucuresti.
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