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THE RIGHT BALANCE FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS – RPIA Event

07 Sep 2012 - Comunicate de presa

On September 5, 2012 the Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association (“RPIA”) organized the workshop “THE RIGHT BALANCE FOR YOUR GROWING BUSINESS”, the first from a series of many to follow shortly.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring more clarity on the important phase of operation and maintenance of a solar farm. In this respect, RPIA invited specialists from the most prestigious companies operating in Romania as well as authorities with competences in the energy field and energy trading.

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The workshop proved to be a great opportunity for RPIA’s members to be informed on the latest legislative changes and to have such explained in a manner that is both comprehensible and complete. As largely expected, the main concern of our members was the impossibility to sign PPA’s outside the centralized market run by OPCOM and to register to OPCOM centralized market for new investors.

The solar PV market seems to face hard times in its developing, in lack of a trading platform for electricity which will grant access to new investors well before obtaining the production license. This is mainly due to the fact that financial institutions are still reluctant in providing project financing without a PPA in place.

Following discussions that took place during RPIA’s workshop, it was reached an unanimously conclusion that the provisions of Energy and Gas Law 123/2012 (“Law 123/2012”), which restrict all energy trading outside the centralized market, were unfortunate and something must be done. We believe this is a positive conclusion, because we have seen willingness from the authorities present at the workshop, to work together with interested parties in finding efficient and quick solutions.

Although the PPA’s topic seem to have fueled the Q&A session of the workshop, other important topics like taxation of GCs, electricity production and GCs allocation during testing period, trading of bilateral contracts on the centralized OPCOM market and secondary legislation of the Law 123/2012 were as important and kept the audience interested.

We believe that RPIA’s first workshop was a necessary event and proved, once again, that our members are committed to the improvement of PV sector in Romania. In a short period of time, RPIA managed to bring under the same umbrella more then 45 local and international companies with exceptional expertise and knowledge in the PV sector. Today was a great example on how this expertise can be put to good use in finding practical and efficient solutions.

RPIA will continue to be actively involved in the PV sector and, as such, will try to find the best solutions for constructive dialogue with all the parties involved in the PV industry. We are certain that PV sector has a bright future in Romania and a very important role in the mix of electricity sources.




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