The Number of Households, Firms and Institutions in Romania With Renewable Electricity Systems for Own Consumption Tripled in 2022 to More Than 40,000. the Country’s Energy Regulator Expects the Gauge to Reach Six Figures This Year.
The rise in the number of prosumers has far surpassed expectations thanks to ongoing government support in the form of subsidies and the simplification of the process. According to the Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE), as of January 1, 40,171 homes, businesses, and institutions had rooftop photovoltaic systems and other equipment for producing energy from renewable sources for their own use.
Compared to the combined capacity, which increased by just under 400% to 423 MW, the year-over-year increase was almost 200%. The growth demonstrated that one of the most dynamic sectors in Romania’s energy transition is the prosumer market.
Additionally, according to ANRE, 100,000 prosumers may exist by the end of 2023. The surplus electricity produced by prosumers must be purchased by electricity providers.
A manual describing the connection procedure and the rights and obligations of all parties, including the distribution operator, has been released by the regulatory body. ANRE President Dumitru Chiriţă urged state institutions that run support programs to consider subsidizing the installation of storage capacities with the aim of increasing flexibility in the operation of the distribution network and the balancing of the national electric power system as a whole.