Solar power in Romania


Solar map of Romania
Solar insolation in Romania

Solar power in Romania had an installed capacity of 1,374 megawatt (MW)[1][2] as of the end of 2017. The country had in 2007 an installed capacity of 0.30 MW, which increased to 3.5 MW by the end of 2011,[3] and to 6.5 MW by the end of 2012. However, the record year of 2013 was an exception, and new installation fell back from 1,100 MW to a moderate level of 69 MW in 2014.

Romania is located in an area with a good solar potential of 210 sunny days per year and with an annual solar energy flux between 1,000 kWh/m2/year and 1,300 kWh/m2/year. From this total amount around 600 to 800 kWh/m2/year is technically feasible.[4] The most important solar regions of Romania are the Black Sea coast, Northern Dobruja and Oltenia with an average of 1,600 kWh/ m2/year.[5]

Romania was a major player in the solar power industry, installing in the 1970s and 1980s around 800,000 m2 (8,600,000 sq ft) of low quality solar collectors that placed the country third worldwide in the total surface area of PV cells.[6] One of the most important solar projects was the installation of a 30 kW solar panel on the roof of the Politehnica University of Bucharest that is capable of producing 60 MWh of electricity per year.[7]

Rominterm, a Romanian company, by 2010, installed a total of 600 solar panels in Mangalia, Constanţa County making the city self-sufficient in terms of heated water during the summer months and providing around 70% of heated water in the winter months and another 1,150 solar panels used for the generation of electricity spread over an area of 1,400 m2 (15,000 sq ft).[8] Another Romanian city, Alba Iulia, installed a total of 1,700 PV cells on several public buildings that have a rated power of 257 kW.[9] Other cities include Giurgiu with 174 solar panels and 391.5 kW installed capacity and Saturn, Romania with 50 panels and 112 kW installed capacity.[10]

Installed PV capacity and Yearly production

History of PV deployment
Year Total
% of electricity
2006 0.19 n.a. n.a. n.a.
2007 0.30 0.1 n.a. n.a.
2008 0.45 0.15 n.a. n.a.
2009 0.64 0.3 n.a. n.a.
2010 1.94 1 n.a. n.a.
2011 3.5 2 n.a. n.a.
2012 51 47 8 0%
2013 1,151 1,100 398 0.25%
2014 1,219 69 1,295 1.53%
2015 1,302 83 1,328 2.14%
2016 1,372 70 1,820 2.14%
2017 1,374 2 1,856 2.26%
2018 1,377 2.9 1,860 2.21%
Source: latest IEA-PVPS,[11] previous[3][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19]


Many photovoltaic projects are planned for Romania, totaling over 200 MW, and of these, about 61 MW were expected to be completed by 2012. The first two industrial scale solar power plants in the country are the Singureni Solar Park completed in December 2010,[20] and the Scornicesti Photovoltaic Park, completed 27 December 2011. Each is 1 MW.[21] The Covaci Solar Park will be Romania's largest solar power plant at completion having a total of 480,000 solar panels with a combined capacity of 35 megawatts, and will be located in Timiș County.[22] Another important site is the Gura Ialomiţei Solar Park in Ialomiţa County which will have a capacity of 10 megawatts.[23] Other solar parks include the Satu Mare Solar Park located in Satu Mare County which will have a capacity of 5 to 8 megawatts[24] and the Sfântu Gheorghe Solar Park located in Covasna County that will have a capacity of 2.4 megawatts.[25] A 32 MW project in four sections of 8 MW each is planned for Gătaia, and a 48 MW solar park is planned for Segarcea.[26]

Government support

The Romanian State supports the production of solar / PV energy by offering six (6) green certificates for each MWh produced and injected into the grid. One green certificate will be traded on a regulated market (i.e. OPCOM) with a price that varies between EUR 27 to EUR 55 per green certificate, subject to indexation with the Euro zone inflation rate. However, due to the reduction of the cost of technology, the Romanian Energy Regulatory Body (i.e. ANRE) considers reducing the number of green certificate in the first half of 2012. In order to protect the interest of the solar / PV producers and for an appropriate guidance through the Romanian RES-E issues, the Romanian Photovoltaic Industry Association[27] was created. Solar / PV energy is expected to be the second most active developed source of energy, after wind.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Photovoltaic barometer
  3. ^ "Beneficiaţi de avantajele energiei solare" (in Romanian). Wagner Solar. 2007. Archived from the original on 2006-08-21. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  4. ^ "Energia solara in Romania" (PDF) (in Romanian). Universitatea Tehnica Cluj. 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  5. ^ "PANOURI TERMICE SOLARE" (in Romanian). Energie Gratis. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  6. ^ "CENTRALA FOTOVOLTAICA DE 30 kW" (in Romanian). Asociatia Generala a Inginerilor din Romania. 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  7. ^ "Centrale solare in Romania" (in Romanian). Ghid elelctric. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  8. ^ "Alba Iulia mizează pe soare" (in Romanian). Ecomagazin. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  9. ^ "Energia solara" (in Romanian). Terra Mileniului III. September 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2009-02-25.
  10. ^ "Snapshot of Global PV 1992-2014" (PDF). International Energy Agency — Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme. 30 March 2015. p. 15. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015.
  11. ^ EurObserv’ER 202: Photovoltaic Barometer
  12. ^ EurObserv’ER 196: Photovoltaic Barometer
  13. ^ PV Power Archived 2013-07-28 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Photovoltaic Barometer
  15. ^ webmaster (2018-04-28). "Photovoltaic barometer 2018". EurObserv'ER. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  16. ^
  17. ^ "All Photovoltaic barometers Archives". EurObserv'ER. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  18. ^ "Acasă - Transelectrica". Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  19. ^ Presence on the International Photovoltaic Market Archived 2012-09-14 at
  20. ^ News The second industrial-sized PV park in Romania is commissioned Archived 2012-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "CJ Timis vrea sa construiasca un parc cu panouri solare, pe o suprafata de 60 de hectare" (in Romanian). Business Standard. 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-27.[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ "Avem primul parc solar care produce electricitate" (in Romanian). 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
  23. ^ "În locul gropii de gunoi va fi amenajat un parc de panouri solare" (in Romanian). 2010-08-11. Archived from the original on August 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  24. ^ "Solar park to be built near Sfantu Ghorghe" (in Romanian). 2010-07-02. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  25. ^ South-East European PV Market Review
  26. ^ Website

External links

  • Romania Solar and Renewable Energy
  • Renewable energy guide published by Wolf Theiss