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NOVA News: The procedures for building small photovoltaic plants have been simplified

The procedures for the construction of small photovoltaic plants have been simplified by introducing a real notification regime. Power plants for own use will be built without a building permit when installing power up to 20KW.

“We have been expecting this change since 2018. Since then, the directive has been to ease the regime. In the West this is happening, in Bulgaria 5 years later there is progress. The change is entirely in the service of the public, and in particular of residential users, as it enables residential users to put their photovoltaic plants on the roofs without the need to wait for the long and cumbersome procedure for a building permit”, explained Eng. Veselin Todorov – Chairman of the Solar Academy Bulgaria Association.

This opens up a considerable market both for the installation of photovoltaic plants and for the independence of household users from the energy transmission system.

“Until now, the procedure has been difficult and complicated. And the most complicated part was related to obtaining the so-called construction permit, since the photovoltaic plants in Bulgaria have until now been subject to a construction permit, regardless of whether they are 1, 2, 5 or 100 KW”, added Engineer Veselin Todorov.

See a recording of the interview on the NOVA News website>>


BCCI and experts offer RES financing for businesses

The Council of Branch Organizations at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is hosting an event titled “Solar Energy for Business – Implementation Stages and Financing Opportunities.” The hybrid event is scheduled for January 25, from 15:00 to 17:00, taking place in hall “A” at the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), as well as being broadcast online.

The event will commence with opening remarks from Tsvetan Simeonov, Chairman of the Management Board of BCCI, and Gena Sabeva, Chairman of the Council of Branch Organizations at BCCI. Denitsa Nikolova and Maria Hristova from EUConsult.BG, a pioneering company, will discuss the fundamental prerequisites for companies to develop projects under the European program “Construction of New RES for Own Consumption in Combination with Local Energy Storage Facilities in Enterprises” in Bulgaria. They specialize in preparing and managing projects for grant funding from national and European sources.

Attendees will gain insights into the solar power plant construction process, along with associated risks and challenges, through presentations by Rositsa Chopeva and Roza Ivanova from xFigureFinance. This independent consulting firm boasts a decade of experience in the RES sector and involvement in projects with an installed capacity exceeding 400 MWp across Bulgaria and neighboring countries.

Eng. Veselin Todorov, Chairman of the Association “Solar Academy Bulgaria,” a renewable energy expert, and owner of VVT Engineering, will provide practical insights into the advantages of constructing photovoltaic plants. He will present real-world examples and address administrative steps and potential obstacles encountered during the photovoltaic plant construction process.

The event, “Solar Energy for Business – Implementation Stages and Financing Opportunities,” targets investors, companies, and organizations interested in establishing photovoltaic plants and achieving energy independence. Field experts specializing in financing, design, and construction of photovoltaic plants will deliver valuable insights into the various phases of solar plant construction, current financing opportunities through European programs, and potential challenges associated with this type of investment.