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Conergy builds second solar power plant in Romania

Conergy is currently building another two megawatt solar power plant in the Romanian region of Slobozia.

Conergy is acting as general contractor on the project and is responsible for the entire planning and engineering of the park as well as for the construction and the supply of the components. The Conergy plant will not have to rely on any feed-in tariff, but will be profitable thanks to green certificates and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). Under these agreements, the energy provider purchases the solar electricity at a fixed price.

On an area of around 10 acres, over 8,000 German-made Conergy modules installed on Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems will produce more than 2,700 megawatt hours of clean solar electricity each year, sufficient to supply 770 households.

Contrary to other European countries, Romania is not relying on a state-backed feed-in tariff but on a quota model. The state has issued a directive that requires energy providers and energy-intensive businesses to obtain a specific proportion of their electricity from renewable sources, the figure currently being 14 percent. For this purpose, they need a certain number of green certificates. If they don’t achieve the required quota, the energy providers must purchase green certificates to cover the shortfall. The quota is due to rise by 1 percent year over year, which means that by 2019 the proportion of generated electricity that has to be green will be as much as 19.5 percent.

Power plants with a total capacity of up to 10 megawatt currently receive 6 certificates for each renewable megawatt hour generated over the subsequent 15 years. As of 2014 the numbers are planned to be reduced to three certificates according to an announcement of the national energy regulation authority (Autoriatea Nationala de Reglementare in domeniul Energiei, ANRE).

The owners of the 2 megawatt Conergy power plant will be receiving 16,200 green certificates each year for the annual production of around 2,700 megawatt hours and thus a total of 243,000 over 15 years.