Romania: Public debate for Green House and Green House Plus programs

In accordance with Law no. 52/2003 about transparency in public administration, republished, Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests start to publicly debate the Guidebook OM Project Financing Programme on carrying out works for energy efficiency.

On July 26, 2016 posted for public discussion for a period of 10 business days on the website of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests following guides:

 GREEN HOUSE CLASSIC for individuals

 HOUSE GREEN PLUS for individuals

 GREEN HOUSE CLASSIC for businesses

 HOUSE GREEN PLUS for businesses

After the period of public consultation will be taken observations considered appropriate and effective legal, to be submitted to the Cabinet of the Minister of Environment, Water and Forests for approval by Ministerial Order.

After the publication of Ministerial Order approving the 4 guides and will be established the registration session for accepting applicants.

Mihai Vintila

Connections Romania - Moldova

Project for interconnection of transport networks for electricity and natural gas between Moldova and Romania was analyzed Tuesday in Chisinau in meeting Joint Working Group on energy within the intergovernmental commission between the two countries, announced the Ministry of Economy Moldova, in a statement.

The Working Group was created following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of the two countries on projects for the interconnection of networks gas and electricity from Romania and Moldova signed in Chisinau in May 2015.

Frimu Ghinea

Kosovo : BPB, has joined the energy efficiency financing programme of the EBRD

A new bank in Kosovo, BPB, has joined the energy efficiency financing programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Agreement signed in Pristina by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and Arton Celina, the Chief Executive Officer of BPB, the bank will receive a €1 million EBRD credit line for on-lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and individual households for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. The credit line is extended under the EBRD’s Kosovo Sustainable Energy Projects framework (KoSEP).

EBRD President Chakrabarti said: “Green energy investments are key for the EBRD; we see combatting global climate change as one of our strategic priorities, and aspire to be a leader among multilateral institutions in engaging private banks in sustainable energy financing. I am very pleased that as of today, we have BPB as partner in this important area.”

BPB is one of two banks in Kosovo that are majority-owned by local investors. The EBRD, which has had a 10 per cent stake in the bank since 2011, has already cooperated with BPB, including in trade finance and small business lending. The EBRD also facilitated technical assistance for capacity building, particularly in the areas of corporate governance, risk management and internal controls, financed by the EBRD Western Balkans Fund, supported by international donors.

The EBRD-run Kosovo Sustainable Energy Projects framework, launched in 2013, became the first financing programme in Kosovo for SME and residential energy efficiency and small-scale renewables.

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Turkey: Akfen renewable energy subsidiary set to become a leading player in the sector

Akfen Holding, a leading infrastructure group in Turkey, is set to increase its renewable energy portfolio to 1,000 MW with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group.

The two international financial institutions have each acquired a 16.67 per cent stake in Akfen’s recently established subsidiary, Akfen Renewable Energy. Their capital injection of US$ 200 million will help the company become one of the largest producers of renewable energy in Turkey.

Afken’s current portfolio of renewable energy projects, including operational hydro and solar power plants, has a total operational capacity of 211 MW, and the company has several wind, solar and hydro projects under development.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Akfen Holding Chairman Hamdi Akın, said: “We expect both institutions to make significant contributions to our company's long-term value-creation strategies, its corporate governance, our implementation of  best practices in terms of environmental and social standards, our access to institutional investors who follow institutions such as the EBRD and IFC, and our ability to reach global standards in our current policies on transparency and accountability. The equity financing will be used for the construction and development of new projects and the expansion of current renewable energy investment projects.

"By stepping up our partnership with the EBRD and IFC, we plan to become one of the key investors in Turkey in the field of renewable energy. Our goal is to create a brand-new, leading platform which will generate energy from local renewable energy sources and in which corporate investors can become partners.”

EBRD First Vice President Phil Bennett commented: “We at the EBRD believe strongly in the long-term fundamentals of the Turkish economy in general and in the potential of the country's power market in particular. Turkey remains reliant on imported fossil fuels and we welcome the government’s efforts to promote sustainable renewable energy. The EBRD and IFC support will enable Akfen to make a major contribution to the country’s renewable energy sector.”

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Ukraine implements energy efficiency into national legislation

In the government session held on 6 July under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodimir Hroisman it was approved bill on the energy performance of buildings.

"The main goal is to help reduce energy consumption in buildings," said Sergei Savciuc chairman of energy agency.

The bill stipulates the terms and conditions for determining the energy efficiency of buildings, establish minimum requirements fundraising mechanisms for implementing energy efficiency activities and provide guarantees for the financing of such events.

Insert certification of building energy efficiency. The certificates will be listed building energy data and improve energy efficiency recommendations in it. This document brings up to date the Ukrainian legislation with Directive 2010/31 / EU on the energy performance of buildings.

Implementation of the rules of the bill will reduce energy consumption in homes and reduce energy consumption.

Frimu Ghinea

EU invests 263 million euros in energy projects

Member States of the European Union agreed Friday, July 15 European Commission's proposal to invest 263 million euros in a number of key European energy infrastructure projects.

Of the nine proposals selected for funding, five are in natural gas (which will benefit from EU support of € 210 million), and four in the electricity sector (which will receive support from EU worth 53 million euros). Also, three of the selected proposals relates to construction works (supporting 236 million) and six relate to conducting studies (supporting 27 million).

"An energy infrastructure well connected is crucial to achieving Union Energy. This support from the EU will help the gaps existing energy infrastructure, which will enable us to realize a European energy market connected. This is necessary to reinforce security of supply energy and more efficient use of energy resources, "said European Commissioner for energy, Arias Cañete.

Frimu Ghinea

PIAROM requires a debate about use of renewable resources in Romania

Employers Local Investors (PIAROM) demand the Ministry of Energy to put into public debate the provisions related to the use of renewable sources: biomass, biogas, geothermal, municipal waste energy use, according to an press release sent to us.

"PIAROM is alarming by lack of interest, both from the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Environment, to the possibility of superior capitalization of renewable energy resources. They allow mobilizing existing resources locally, creating thermal energy required for heating settlements, creating jobs and reduce pollution".
"We stand against the maintenance of a major grant of heat (about 700 million lei in winter 2015-2016), while ignoring inadmissible by the competent technical solutions capable of both capitalization of more renewable resources (biomass, bio-gas, geothermal) and at least 80% growth, step wise heating efficiency, "say representatives of investors.

"I regret that, contrary to approaches public made in February 2016 to all state authorities, mainly the Ministry of Energy national programs NREAP 2010, and the National Plan of recovery of biomass are ignored by policymakers, continuing -the public debate with the sole aim of producing electricity, "states the communique.



LG Electronics Deutschland GmbH - Solar Module LG NeON 2 BiFacial

LG Electronics is a consumer electronics manufacturer and has committed to expanding its operations in the PV-industry. Their Solar Module LG NeON 2 BiFacial is a high-efficiency bifacial module that can provide a significant increase in energy yields. The NeON cell technology and the 12-wire CELLO interconnection were transferred into this new module. LG conducted and documented outdoor tests under several common conditions in which the yield increase was about 10 percent. With the junction box concept, the usual single junction box is split into three smaller boxes that are located outside the cell area to avoid shading and heating on the backside. The relatively low weight makes the installation more convenient. Bifacial technology is an important trend, and the jury was convinced by the cleverness of an installation that needs less material and less space while producing the same total system power.

M10 Industries AG - KUBUS

Based in Germany, M10 Industries develops, produces, and services manufacturing systems for the solar industry. The Multi-Tray-Stringer Kubus is the only stringer worldwide that can solder up to 5,000 solar cells an hour, representing a highly significant development in productivity.The system interconnects an entire module in the soldering process at once. The Kubus system eliminates the need to place single strings side by side, and dramatically reduces cell handling. All components can be replenished during production without stopping the machine, reducing downtime. A variety of cell concepts with variable numbers of busbars can be processed with the same machine, enabling retrofitting in existing production lines.Photovoltaics must gain market share by reducing production costs for the worldwide energy transition. The jury recognizes the high output, lower material consumption, and the single-person operation that help reduce production costs.

SolarEdge Technologies - HD-Wave Technology Inverter

SolarEdge is a global provider of inverter solutions for the solar PV market, and strives to broaden the availability of renewable solar energy. SolarEdge’s HD Wave power conversion technology underpins a compact, lightweight inverter with a record weighted efficiency up to 99 percent. It uses distributed switching and a powerful digital signal processor to synthesize clean sine waves, and contributes to increased power density.The inverter is approximately 50 percent smaller than most other inverters on the market. Magnetic components and cooling elements are significantly reduced, and silicon MOSFETs are stacked in multi-level architecture for reduced conversion loss. SolarEdge expects lower manufacturing costs, making one of the main components of a PV system notably cheaper.The jury is awarding innovation and value throughout the entire PV value chain with this outstanding product.


Jakson Engineers LTD - Solar Powered Village (Baripatha) Electrification

Jakson Engineers is a diversified power solution provider that undertakes projects for sustainable growth.  This project in Baripatha, India, created a solar-powered village in India with the installation of central, and individual solar units.This community-owned project has improved the quality of life of an entire rural village. The villagers clean the solar panels and maintain battery water levels themselves. The solar unit can be folded up and stored in just two minutes in case of cyclones or high winds. The provision of microfinancing was a key component to the project’s realization, which will help the long-term success of the project.Although not extraordinarily technically innovative, it is a replicable off-grid application that reduces pollution and reliance on kerosene. This overwhelming social and environmental impact convinced the jury of its outstanding character.

ME SOLshare Ltd. - Peer-to-Peer Smart Village Grid

ME SOLshare is a platform provider for sustainable and affordable electricity access to low-income, rural Bangladesh. Their peer-to-peer smart PV DC village micro-grid in Shariatpur is the world’s first peer-to-peer electricity trading network that interconnects existing Solar Home Systems. Bi-directional metering enables users to buy and sell electricity to the grid. Households that did not have their own system can now buy electricity from their neighbors.With more solar power, fossil fuel use declines, and villages benefit from access to more energy. The jury described this local solar-generated-electricity marketplace as a “powerful concept” and “exciting.” This project is a bottom-up, decentralized approach that demonstrates sustainable, incremental demand/supply-side system growth for increased energy access with lower investment. It is a new business model that is replicable in other villages.

S.O.L.I.D - Desert Mountain High School Solar Thermal

S.O.L.I.D. is an Austrian solar engineering company specializing in large-scale solar thermal energy plants. They engineered the largest solar thermal cooling installation of its kind at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The installation supplies heat to a single-effect lithium bromide adsorption chiller. Scottsdale has temperatures up to 43 degrees Celsius, and this system can cover 100 percent of the cooling demand in the summer. The system also impacts environmental education for the 2,600 students at the school, and in the community.This large-scale project is a demonstration of an highly effective business model using proven technology while saving fossil fuels and drastically reducing CO² emissions. Providing significant energy savings, the system demonstrates that it is possible to realize and refinance a solar thermal system of this size, particularly in regions where cooling is very common.

Schneider Electric SE - Electrifying Schools and Health Centers with Solar and Storage

Schneider Electric Solar Company delivers solutions across the energy chain. Their project in Lagos, Nigeria, is a standardized solution that replaces diesel genset dependency with solar on a large scale in a geographically-challenging area.A charge controller that allows long runs of PV at high voltage to simplify electric cabling, a plug and play communication gateway, robust products for the harsh African environment, and a system pre-engineered and designed to fit in a pre-fab container were all part of the solution.The jury was also convinced by this project’s immense social impact.  Technology, process, competency and fund-sourcing were combined to create a sustainable, plug and play system. It also proves that this technology pays off, and can stabilize security of supply in rurally isolated areas. It is a pragmatic approach for scalable solar electrification in areas with poor access to the grid.

SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH - St. Eustatius Island Electrification via Hybrid Utility Scale Solar and Storage

SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH is a subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, and is engaged in photovoltaic hybrid projects around the world. The St. Eustatius Island Electrification via hybrid Utility Scale Solar and Storage project is the first of its size and class in the Caribbean, and helps free the island from genset dependency. It can also be marketed to show the technological feasibility to a wide audience and animate further investment. This combination is not new, but the inclusion of storage is key, and puts this project at the forefront of diesel substitution development. This lighthouse project integrates large shares of solar power into a diesel-power grid, reducing operating costs, CO² emissions, and diesel dependence. The storage component adds stability with frequency regulation, ramp-rate control and diesel working point optimization. There is a drastic reduction in diesel running hours, and emissions.


Ferroamp Elektronik AB - EnergyHub System

With the EnergyHub System, the Swedish manufacturer Ferroamp Elektronik has developed an intelligent photovoltaic storage combination. This highly flexible, low-loss system brings together a local DC nanogrid, the most up-to-date circuitry and smart meter function. The basic set-up: a bi-directional 3-phase inverter with internal phase compensation and distributed DC-DC converters for diverse PV strings, batteries and DC consumers. Different generators are networked over a DC high-voltage connection, and wind and hydropower plants can also be integrated via rectifiers.This system sets itself apart with its high levels of efficiency enabled by the DC coupling, and considerable scalability from 3.5 kW to the MW range. The grid connection via a smart meter, the cloud application, the future coupling to charging stations for electric vehicles, and above all, the low losses thanks to the high-voltage DC grid are all features which the panel of judges find worthy of recognition with the ees AWARD.

LG Chem, Ltd. - RESU Series with new Li-Ion Battery Cell JH3

The Residential Energy Storage Unit from the Korean company LG Chem Ltd. is an innovative storage solution, using lithium-ion batteries with advanced JH3 cell technology. The RESU range boasts the world’s highest energy density in the low-voltage range. Thanks to different low-voltage and high-voltage variants, it supports a wide range of compatible inverters. The basic device in the range is available from 3.3 – 10 kWh and can easily be expanded, therefore increasing storage capacity. The software upgrades of the Battery Management System are available on an SD card: extremely convenient. Easy to install and space-saving, RESU lends itself to external and internal assembly, as well as application in new and existing systems around the world.Capacity, energy density, long lifetime and safety – the panel of judges would like to celebrate the RESU range’s pioneering features with the ees AWARD 2016.

SMA Solar Technology AG - Sunny Boy Storage 2.5

With the compact, transformerless high-voltage battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage 2.5, SMA Solar Technology AG from Niesetal, Germany has developed a solution which is particularly well suited to retrofitting existing PV plants, and at an attractive price. Weighing just 9 kg, it can easily be assembled by a single person and used with high-voltage batteries from a variety of manufacturers. With 2.5 kW charging and discharging power, it is ideal for electricity consumption in private households. The high efficiency level of over 97% means that the battery storage system can boast an overall efficiency (AC-AC) of up to 90%. And thanks to the AC coupling, it is suitable for installation in new and existing plants. Following the trend set by high-voltage batteries, the Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 can be flexibly deployed as an independent component, gaining therefore huge market potential – a groundbreaking and particularly cost-effective solution for storing energy generated on site. Lightweight, low costs and a very high efficiency level: excellent reasons for the panel of judges to pay tribute to the Sunny Boy Storage with the ees AWARD 2016.

German government approved the Regulation on cross-border renewable energy

By issuing "Regulation Trans-boundary Renewable Energy" German government opened the way so that German suppliers can participate in auctions for the promotion of energy from renewable sources abroad and foreign suppliers to those in Germany. The European Commission has decreed that Germany should liberalize up to 5% of new annual installed capacity of renewable energy.

In the pilot phase aimed at regulating ground-mounted photo-voltaic systems, following the first auction to be launched later this year.

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Poland - support mechanism - auctions for the systems above 40 kW.

The amended Act of RES came in last in force from 01 July. The Act introduces as a basic support mechanism - auctions for the systems above 40 kW. The Act envisages a new division of the auction baskets. Such changes are mostly aimed at promoting to a greater degree those technologies that generate energy in a stable and predictable manner.

The Chairman of the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO) will announce the first auction before the end of 2016. The executive regulation regarding the maximum volume and value of energy to be sold through an auction in 2016 is to be issued before 31st August 2016. Reference prices are to be set by the energy minister's executive regulation not later than 30 days before the date of the first auction in 2016, also before 31st August 2016. The Minister of Energy will be able to define the length of the support period by way of an executive regulation on a basis of criteria indicated in the Act. Until that regulation is issued, the 15-year period of selling RES-generated electric energy within the framework of the auction system is to continue.

The Act removed guaranteed tariffs (FIT). Neither will prosumers be able to count on the currently applied energy repurchase price equal to 100% of the market price. Electric energy placed in the grid by prosumers will be compulsorily settled jointly with energy taken from the grid in proportion of 1 to 0,7 for the systems above 10 kW and 1 to 0,8 below. These settlements will be made by obligated sellers under the readings of the measuring and billing system mounted in individual micro-installations. Settlements will be conducted without charging prosumers. At the same time, prosumers will not be charged for the distribution of settled energy.

The RES Act gives a definition of "prosumer" who are the end recipients acquiring electric energy on the basis of a comprehensive agreement, who produce electric energy only from renewable energy sources in a micro-installation in order to use it for their own purposes not associated with their business activity governed by the Act on the Freedom of Conducting Business of 2nd July 2004. Such wording of the definition is meant to exclude energy enterprises from the definition's scope.

The Act removes the controversial requirement to hold one point of connection to the grid and produce energy from only one type of source. A hybrid RES installation is define as a unit made up of at least two RES installations, which may be additionally supported by energy storage. The unit must be capable of providing the recipient with constant access to electric energy in accordance with the quality requirements specified in the provisions of Energy Law.
A new notion of energy cluster was introduced. Clusters are civil-law agreements related to production, sustained demand, trade and distribution of electric energy within the framework of a distribution grid with rated voltage lower than 110 kV affecting an area not larger than a single county (Polish: powiat). Clusters should make it possible to conduct businesses that consist at the same time of producing, selling and distributing energy. The legislator proposes separate auctions for energy produced in clusters.

The Act added a new form of investing in renewable energy sources – the energy co-op. The energy cooperative is a cooperative in the meaning of Cooperative law Act which subject is production of: electrical energy in RES with total installed capacity not higher than 10 MW or biogas RES installations with yearly efficiency not higher than 40 mln m3 or heat in RES installations with total installed capacity not higher than 30 MWt and balancing demand, distribution and trading of electrical energy, biogas, heat for the cooperative and its members needs in the area of urban-rural municipalities.

Cyprus: €10 million for construction of five photovoltaic plants

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing €10 million in debt financing for the construction, development and operation of five solar photovoltaic parks with total capacity of 11.9 MWp in Cyprus.

Addressing global challenges is one of the key strategic priorities for the EBRD and the investment will strengthen efforts in Cyprus to reduce climate change emissions and dependency on important fuels.

The parks are located in the areas of Frenaros, Nisou, Dhali, Paliometocho and Malounta and are among the first solar photovoltaic projects of this scale to be implemented in Cyprus. The projects are being run by a consortia of local and international investors and will benefit from the EBRD’s debt financing.



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