On October 10, the National Energy Regulation Agency (ANRE) approved permits for the setting up of eight new solar power projects, according to a document posted on the institution’s website.
On July 31, 2013, Romania had wind power turbines with a capacity of 2,198 MW, solar panels with a capacity of 413 MW, micro hydropower plants with a capacity of 474 MW and biomass projects with a capacity of 52 MW, according to Transelectrica data. The capacity installed in solar panels registered a spectacular jump this year. Thus, while solar power parks had a total capacity of 49.3 MW on December 31, 2012, seven months later the capacity stood at 413 MW.
On July 1, 2013 the government decided to postpone, until 2017-2018, the handing out of a number of green certificates for wind power, solar power and micro hydropower. Thus, starting on July 1 solar power projects receive only four green certificates per MWh, compared to the six received until then. Wind power projects receive only one certificate, down from the previous two, while micro hydropower plants receive only two certificates, down from the previous three.