The Romanian authorities has reportedly rejected nearly all allow requests for large-scale photo voltaic tasks. Regulation agency Vlăsceanu, Nyerges & Companions claims that the authorities are misinterpreting new guidelines designed to streamline the allowing course of for small tasks and assist photo voltaic on agricultural land.
The Romanian PV business faces critical points associated to permits for PV tasks on agricultural land, because the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Improvement (MADR) is reportedly rejecting installations spanning greater than 50 hectares.
Mihaela Nyerges, associate at regulation agency Vlăsceanu, Nyerges & Companions, stated that the Romanian authorities is misinterpreting legislative modifications launched in late June to assist photo voltaic on agricultural land and ease the allowing course of for small tasks spanning lower than 50 hectares.
“For months, these tasks have been rejected by MADR,” she advised pv journal. “We’re speaking about a number of GW of mature tasks for which the funding course of began final 12 months.”
The brand new guidelines permit PV, wind, biomass, bioliquid, biogas, storage tasks, and transformer stations to be developed straight on extra-muros land beneath fertility lessons III, IV, and V. Previous to their introduction, growth was prohibited on such websites. The brand new guidelines additionally state that such land can be utilized for tasks with twin makes use of, together with energy technology and agricultural actions.
“All requests submitted to MADR for the issuance of its prior endorsement have been merely not responded to, likely because of the absence of a authorized provision supporting a adverse response,” Nyergers stated. “MADR instantly began to reject all requests acquired from the start of the 12 months, for tasks under and above 50 hectares alike. What can be putting is that there’s merely no authorized argumentation for such rejection.”
Nyergers famous that each one tasks occupying greater than 50 hectares have now been fully halted.
“Such tasks can not comply with the authorized process designed for small tasks as a result of they don’t fulfill the authorized necessities for the applying thereof and the process designed by the regulation for such massive tasks is denied by MADR,” she stated.
Tasks making use of for MADR endorsement are typically very mature tasks, she stated. The funding course of for such installations was initiated at the very least a 12 months prematurely.
“The builders had already made important monetary investments within the tasks, both by buying the lands or by committing to long-term superficies settlement,” Nyergers stated. “The tasks are in danger of shedding the grid connection rights, because the grid connection permits expire if the constructing allow just isn’t obtained inside 18 months from the issuance thereof.”
As a consequence, Romania might restrict large-scale photo voltaic to tasks protecting lower than 50 hectares. Nyergers estimates that such tasks would in all probability not exceed 42 MW in dimension.
“Connecting a PV undertaking to the 400 kV transmission grid entails excessive connection prices that aren’t economically possible for tasks under 200 MW,” she stated. “Contemplating additionally the restricted out there grid capability in Romania, not directly excluding from connection the 400 kV substations/strains restricts much more the connection choices already very scarce.”
Nevertheless, a rising variety of giant photo voltaic tasks at the moment are being developed in Romania, together with what might change into Europe’s largest PV plant – a 1,044 MW photo voltaic undertaking that was lately acquired by UK unbiased energy producer Rezolv Vitality. Builders additionally began engaged on different large-scale PV tasks after the federal government launched extra favorable guidelines for energy buy agreements in Might 2020. They embrace a 111 MW photo voltaic undertaking by OMV Petrom, a 700 MW photo voltaic undertaking within the municipalities of Grăniceri and Pilu, and one other 310 MW photo voltaic array beneath growth by CE Oltenia.