+ Solar farms that are being built now on agricultural land no longer receive state aid
At least this is the official figure presented by a representative of the Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE). Here is what Zoltan Nagy, member of ANRE’s Regulatory Committee, stated yesterday: “If we are talking strictly about photovoltaics, and this is my personal opinion, a very large impact and a high rate of occupancy of agricultural land by photovoltaics has not occurred in Romania. For the time being, we have a little over 1,200 MW installed in photovoltaics, which means 2,500-3,000 hectares at most. But strictly from a technical point of view, it is not normal to build photovoltaic farms somewhere away from cities, on agricultural land, away from consumption areas, because through transmission we register losses in the grid, losses for which certificates are offered.”
Present at the 8th edition of the Renexpo South-East Europe the energy and energy efficiency fair, the ANRE representative pointed out that Law no.23/2014, which approved Government Emergency Ordinance no.57/2013 that modified and supplemented Law no.220/2008 that established the system of promoting the production of renewable energy, introduced the rule according to which the solar farms that were built on agricultural land or unused arable land by the end of 2013 can still benefit from aid schemes. However, those that were built on arable land in use on December 31, 2013, can no longer benefit from green certificates.
According to Zoltan Nagy, as a delayed effect, several solar farms still received licensing for production and certification for the aid scheme in 2014, but since the start of this year the number of these ANRE-authorized solar farms has dropped drastically.
Nagy added that solar farms are still being built on agricultural land only because there still have been licensing requests for solar farms built on unused arable land in 2015, in which cases licensing for production was offered, but certification for the aid scheme was not.