Romania: Installation of panels without building permission

Starting with June 27, 2019, the people interested in installing photo-voltaic panels are no longer required to spend money and to waste time on building permits because Law no. 117/2019 for amending and completing the Law no. 50/1991 regarding the authorization of the execution of construction works has removed the obligation to hold such an authorization.

According to the new legal provisions, the installation of photo-voltaic panels for the production of electricity and / or solar panels for water heating is allowed without the building owner obtaining the building permit, but the municipalities must be informed about the modifications to the dwelling before starting the works.

The modification of the normative act was initiated by the Ministry of Environment at the proposal of the Environmental Fund Administration in order to unblock the Program for installation of photo-voltaic panels systems for electricity generation in order to cover the consumption needs and surplus delivery in the national network and the Program for installing photo-voltaic systems for isolated households not connected to the power distribution network.

Mihai Vintila


Free Webinar on Solar Heating and Cooling Market and Industry Trends 2018

Free Webinar on Solar Heating and Cooling Market and Industry Trends 2018

July 3rd @ 2:00 - 3:30 GMT

This is the 2nd in the 2019 IEA SHC Solar Academy webinar series
hosted by the International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

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Join us for a lively discussion on the key findings of these two recent solar market reports:
Solar Heat Worldwide: Global Market Development and Trends in 2018 from IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC)

Renewables 2019: Global Status Report from REN21

Werner Weiss is the co-author of IEA SHC's report, Solar Heat Worldwide. He is the founding member and director of the Austrian research institute AEE – Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf and has been working in national and international solar thermal and energy efficiency projects since the beginning of the 1980s.  He is also the Austrian representative on the IEA SHC Executive Committee.

Presentation Title: Global market developments and highlights in 2018

Bärbel Epp is the founder and managing director of the German consulting company, solrico – solar market research & international communication. She is responsible for the international newsletter published by that reports exclusively on market and technology trends in the solar heating and cooling sector. She is also the author of the SHC chapter in the Annual Global Status Report on Renewables published by REN21.

Presentation Title: Industry and business trends 2018

Thomas Ramschak is a research associate at AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (AEE INTEC) in Gleisdorf, Austria and Subtask leader of IEA SHC Task 60: Application of PVT Collectors. The focus areas of his research are Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems.

Presentation Title: Photovoltaic-Thermal Systems (PVT) achieve market relevance

Pedro Dias is the Secretary General of Solar Heat Europe (ESTIF).


EU support the energy sector in Tanzania

The European Union (EU) is a long-standing partner supporting the energy sector in Tanzania. The EU support has targeted rural grid extension, the development of rural mini-grids from renewable energy by independent or private power generators and distributors, support for clean cooking solutions, as well as capacity building of key stakeholders in the energy sector (Ministry of Energy, Rural Energy Agency, EWURA and TANESCO).

The EU considers reliable energy supply as one of the key elements of a conducive environment for doing business and continues to be of critical importance as an enabler of poverty reduction and job creation. The EU, through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), has allocated a total amount of EUR 180 Million to support the energy sector in Tanzania.

This support will contribute to the scaling up of access to modern energy services and rural electrification, in line with priorities under national and sector development plans and will strengthen EU-Tanzania cooperation.


The European Union and JUMEME inaugurate new solar-powered mini-grid on Lake Victoria’s Mulumo Island in Kagera Region

JUMEME Rural Power Supply Ltd. (JUMEME), together with the European Union Delegation in Tanzania and its project partners, celebrated the launch of its newly constructed solar-powered mini-grid on Lake Victoria, Mulumo island in the region of Kagera. The facility in Mulumo is one of eleven mini-grids to be commissioned on 10 different islands on Lake Victoria in June 2019, constituting the first roll-out phase of the “Micro Power Economy, Tanzania Roll-out” project cofunded by the EU. Over the last 12 months, JUMEME has constructed more than 180km of low and medium voltage distribution grids, electrifying 20 villages with a total population of more than 80,000 people and providing 24/7 electricity services based on solar-hybrid power systems to residential houses, schools, hospitals, businesses and local entrepreneurs.

The Ukerewe District Commissioner, Mr. Cornel Magembe honored the occasion with his presence, along with a representative of the European Union Delegation in Tanzania and officials from the Ministry of Energy, Rural Energy Agency, Energy and Water Utilities Authority and the local government authorities; stating that "the government of Tanzania is at the forefront of supporting rural electrification” via partners such as JUMEME. Having witnessed JUMEME’s work in his District of Ukerewe, he confirmed that “The citizens have embraced electricity and this has brought about a lot of positive change in their lives; the local health center has grown into a better facility with greater capacity; there is clean [ drinking ] water available; and a lot of business opportunities have arisen (...), in line with the government’s initiative of industrializing Tanzania."

Through his representative, Mr. Francis Songela, the EU Head of Development Cooperation, Mr. José Correia Nunes, said that ''access to energy is a critical element to empower people, especially women and youth. Ensuring affordable, reliable clean and modern energy is a key area of European Union engagement with the Tanzanian government and the private sector. Sustainable energy, especially in rural areas, is central to addressing the challenge of poverty reduction and ensuring inclusive, equitable and climate friendly economic growth".

JUMEME aims at building and operating solar-hybrid mini-grids in remote settlements of Tanzania with a total budget of 16 million Euros (TZS 41.1 billion). The project is co-funded by the European Union Energy Facility for a total amount of 7.4 Million Euros (TZS 19 billion). The Rural Energy Agency (REA), through its result-based financing scheme, has also provided grant funding to the project, whereas the shareholders of JUMEME have contributed with equity.

“JUMEME and its partners are doing a great job in providing electricity to rural villages; we at REA applaud the effort especially having experienced the challenging logistics JUMEME’s team undergoes in these project areas. The unique business model of Productive Use applied by JUMEME is an initiative supported by REA 100% due to its ability of improving the rural economies, as opposed to providing electricity for lighting purposes only’’, said Advera Mwijage, Vice Director of Marketing Development and Technologies at REA

Having run a pilot system on Ukara island since 2016, JUMEME will now operate the 11 additional minigrids spread across Lake Victoria on the islands of Goziba, Kerebe, Kasenyi, Mulumo, Rukuba, Kibumba, Maisome, Mahaiga, and Irugwa. In parallel to the first roll out phase, the construction of an additional 11 mini-grids, located on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, is underway.  These additional mini-grids are also co-financed by the European Union and will be finalized at the beginning of 2020, making JUMEME the energy service provider to more than 170,000 people.


Participation of Ukraine in IRENA - the possibility of introducing effective mechanisms for financing green projects on best world practices

Ways to increase investment in renewable energy were discussed by parliamentarians, government officials, representatives of financial institutions and businesses from around the world, including Ukraine, at the Ministerial Round Table at the 8th IRENA Assembly on January 13.

IRENA experts have noted significant changes in the financing of energy projects in the world over the last few years. Especially remembered in 2016, when investments in new power of "pure" energy significantly exceeded investment in traditional energy sources. One-third of all funding attracted to China. Also grew "green" investments in the US and European countries.

Participants of the round table noted that, of course, favorable state policy and legislative incentives are the basis for activation of investors and businesses in the "green" energy sector. These are "green" tariffs, and auctions for the purchase of "clean" electricity and other tools.

In turn, representatives of the Ukrainian delegation presented a policy of development of the domestic market of renewable energy sources, focusing on the latest adopted legislative incentives.

Member of Parliament of Ukraine, member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy, Natalia Katser-Buchkovskaya, informed about improving and linking the "green" tariff to "clean" electricity to the euro, establishing a premium for the use of domestic equipment, the introduction of long-term contracts for the purchase of electricity for "green" »Tariff and other incentives.

"Ukraine does not stop there. Together with international partners from countries such as Denmark, Finland, we are exploring the possibility of creating new mechanisms for attracting investment in green projects, taking into account the best world experience. These are "green banks", "green bonds" and other instruments. I am convinced that, in cooperation with IRENA, we will be able to receive all relevant information on the development of such financial mechanisms in the world, receive expert advice and, together, make progress on this issue, "said Sergey Savchuk, Head of State Department of Energy Efficiency.

S. Savchuk recalled that joining the IRENA would allow Ukraine to submit applications to the Abu Dhabi Development Fund ( for receiving preferential loans for "green" projects.

Also, the event was presented by IRENA, designed to stimulate the implementation of "green" projects. Important developments are the following online tools:

- IRENA's Global Atlas (, which demonstrates the potential of renewable energy development worldwide;

- Project Navigator ( - an online guide for developing green projects.

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