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.

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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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