Renewable Energy Producers in Bulgaria Are Being Scapegoated - BPVA Chair

Energy | March 27, 2013, Wednesday // 12:04|  views

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Nikola Gazdov, Chair of the Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), has said that renewable energy producers have been made to carry the blame for the problems plaguing the energy sector.

In a Wednesday interview for private TV station bTv, Gazdov commented on the set of measures proposed by caretaker Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism Asen Vasilev to stabilize the ailing energy sector.

In his Tuesday statement, Vasilev, argued that 40% of all renewable energy plants had to be temporarily disconnected because they had been functioning in breach of legal requirements for some nine months.

He noted that the noncompliant panels and wind farms had failed to install equipment indicating the amount of electricity entering the system.

In his Wednesday interview for the morning broadcast of bTV, Gazdov argued that the power distributors were to blame for the non-compliance of the renewable energy plants with statutory requirements.

He informed that renewable energy industry representatives had met with Vasilev last week, reaching agreement that power distributors would send concrete instructions to renewable energy producers in the following week about the equipment to be installed at the grid connection point.

Gazdov, as cited by, said that the equipment was to be installed within two months after that, after which one month would be given for tests, and noncompliant plants would eventually be disconnected only after that.

The BPVA Chair emphasized that in the majority of cases the process of installation of the equipment had been obstructed by the power distributors.

He explained the current situation with the fact that "somebody is looking for a substitute" after the Supreme Administrative Court revoked the grid access fee for renewable energy producers.

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Tags: Nikola Gazdov, power distributors, renewable energy, photovoltaic panels, wind farms, asen vasilev, Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association


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