Participating in a discussion on “A strong and clean European industry”

How to foster a robust and eco-friendly European industry? One of the solutions lies in the European Regulation for Net Zero Emission Industry. This critical topic was deliberated upon during a roundtable discussion held at the National Assembly, spearheaded by Tsvetelina Penkova, an MEP from the Group of the Progressive Alliance in the European Parliament, and Christian Vigenin, the deputy speaker of the parliament. Eminent figures from regulatory bodies, institutions, industry, and academia lent their insights to the conversation.

The roundtable saw participation from delegates representing the Association “Solar Academy Bulgaria,” the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, metallurgical and cement industry associations, KNSB, the Institute for Energy Management, energy regulators, the Electricity System Operator, the non-ferrous metals industry, electricity distribution companies, the construction sector, and academia.

Setting the tone for the discussion, MEP Tsvetelina Penkova remarked, “Europe is at the forefront of innovation and new industry development. Unlike the past, our energy resources are finite. It is now imperative to seek long-term sustainable solutions.” She highlighted that legislation for net zero emissions industry is already in progress in the European Parliament, designed to bolster clean technology production within the EU. This legislative endeavor aims to attract investments, enhance market access for clean technologies, stimulate job creation, and spawn new industries. Furthermore, it is poised to heighten EU industry competitiveness and contribute to energy independence efforts.

Deputy Chairman of the National Assembly, Christian Vigenin, emphasized the significance of the unprecedented meeting between representatives from the European Parliament and the Bulgarian National Assembly. This collaboration seeks to synchronize legislative initiatives at the European and national levels, ensuring that Bulgarian interests are safeguarded in the decision-making process. Vigenin pledged the National Assembly’s vigilance and commitment to overseeing the implementation of this legislative package, fostering accountability, and aligning executive power positions with Bulgarian priorities.

MEP Tsvetelina Penkova outlined her objectives as the rapporteur for the legislation, emphasizing the imperative that by 2030, a minimum of 40% of the Union’s strategic technological capacity for producing zero net emissions technologies and components must be cultivated within the EU. Penkova underscored her dedication to advocating for the domestic production of a comprehensive range of technologies, including photovoltaics, heat pumps, batteries, electrolyzers, wind installations, sea-based renewable sources, power network technologies, sustainable fuels, and nuclear power generation technologies, with the list expanding as new innovations emerge.

Green Transition

Solar Academy participates in the third edition of the largest forum for the green transition in CEE countries 2023

Dr. Eng. Veselin Todorov, the founder and chairman of the Association “Solar Academy Bulgaria,” participated in a round table during the third edition of the Green Transition event.

In his capacity as the Chairman of the Management Board of the Association “Solar Academy Bulgaria,” Dr. Eng. Veselin Todorov took part in the round table to discuss issues and proposals from businesses in the renewable energy sector. During the discussion, he put forward several proposals, including:

Establishing a rapid, accessible, and administratively streamlined process for installing photovoltaic plants on the roofs and facades of multi-family residential buildings.

Introducing the NET METERING mechanism, which would allow consumers generating their own energy but unable to store it, to utilize the generated electricity at any time.

Rectifying Ordinance 6 concerning the connection of energy producers and customers to transmission or distribution networks. The current regulation does not align with new technologies, often hindering the connection of renewable energy sites.

Creating a mechanism to safeguard investments in renewable energy. Ambiguities in procedures, outdated legal provisions, and varying interpretations by different institutions and energy distribution companies lead to delays, non-realization, or financial losses for investors.

Reforming the Law on Energy from Renewable Sources (REEE) and introducing minimum standards and requirements for RES installers (such as photovoltaic plants) in Bulgaria. This includes categorizing plants based on type, installation method, and capacity. Establishing a professional register of renewable energy installers in Bulgaria and a register of built photovoltaic plants to ensure safe maintenance of the power transmission system.

Advocating for policies and effective mechanisms that encourage training and career opportunities in the renewable energy sector. Prioritizing state support for schools and universities providing education for RES specialists. Identifying renewable energy specialties and professions.

This year, the Green Transition forum’s organizers expanded the dialogue to focus on the necessity for cooperation and connectivity among Central and Eastern European countries in the transition to low-carbon economies and sustainable development. The event aims to foster the exchange of best practices and innovative solutions within the context of the Green Transformation of industries, green finance, and innovation development.


Special Guest Appearance on the Program “Energy”: Addressing Workforce Needs in the Renewable Energy Sector

The demand for personnel in the renewable energy sector is projected to rise. Dr. Eng. Veselin Todorov, the chairman of “Solar Academy Bulgaria,” highlighted this at the inaugural career exhibition and professional development forum in the renewable energy industry – “Recharge Your Career.”

At the event, Vasimir Radulov, co-founder of the Balkan Hydrogen Cluster, noted that Bulgaria is currently at the forefront of hydrogen technology across the Balkan Peninsula. He also highlighted the innovative use of hydrogen as a fuel in our country, positioning it ahead of regulatory developments worldwide.