Published on 25 May 2020
About this good practice
According to data provided by the Ministry of Energy, in Romania there are still over 50 thousand households which are not connected to the national network. This action represents a policy of stimulating the "clean" energy production, to which the Romanian state has decided to assign a financial component, by creating the Program for the installation of photovoltaic systems for isolated households, which are not connected to the grid electricity distribution. The purpose of the program is to improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gases, by using photovoltaic panel systems for the production of electricity that will be used in homes located at least 2 km from the grid distribution of electricity and the abandonment of conventional fuels. The financing represent 100% of the eligible value expenses, but not more than 5000 euros including VAT, for each building and is staggered in close connection with the implementation stage of the project. A large part of the households without access to the electricity network are based on practicing subsistence agriculture: they raise animals and cultivate small plots of land. By giving them access to electricity, they can work the land more efficiently, for example using irrigation, various automation methods, which will lead to an improved standard of living. The main beneficiaries of this practice are the inhabitants of the isolated communities.
As the program is implemented at the national level, the total amount of the financing granted for it amounts to approximately 46 mil. euros, for entire country. The amount is provided by the Romanian government through the Romanian Environmental Fund.
Evidence of success
Seven files were accepted by the Environmental Fund Administration for the installation of photovoltaic systems in 115 isolated households in Romania.
Potential for learning or transfer
Given that this mechanism was established as a result of the transposition of European Union directives into Romanian legislation, directives aimed at increasing the energy use of RES sources to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and thus help to reduce gas emissions greenhouse effect in this sector, representing a good practice in terms of promoting the use of renewable energy.