Bulgaria simplifies rules for solar self-consumption
Date: May 30th 2022
Author: Peter Palčec
The Bulgarian parliament adopted legislation last week that simplifies the rules for installing solar panels that produce electricity for self-consumption, according to local media reports.This new legislation also increases the amount of prosumer solar capacity that can be installed on the rooftops or facades of buildings or properties in urban areas from 1 MW to 5 MW.
In an interview for the local television channel TV1 on Thursday, Bulgarian MP Vladislav Panev explained that the legislation will reduce administrative procedures for such solar instalments from one year to between one and two months.
In his opinion, however, amendments will be needed since the new legislation does not offer individual owners, households or small businesses the option of selling any surplus power back to the electricity grid. These legislative amendments could be proposed in the next few weeks, according to Panev.
Meanwhile, major investors are currently seeking energy ministry approval for the installation of a combined power generation capacity of 17 GW, which according to Panev indicates that investors in Bulgaria have been mostly interested in larger installations to date.
Last Monday, the European Commission recommended that Bulgaria accelerate the diversification of its gas supply routes and sources away from Russia, reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and boost the share of renewables in its energy mix.