The main problem facing the solar industry in the country’s unpredictability

Rosimir Mateev Eng, CEO of STS Solar,
Energy Review Magazine.

What do you think are the main issues facing the solar industry at the moment?
The main problem at the moment to the solar industry is unpredictability. From one of the most predictable investment for many years now Investing in solar is pure adventure, if the purpose of the act was payback. Administrative procedures that must be passed to reach the construction of power plants are a problem. A small solar system collects a set of documents going through the same coordination and permits, as well as a new heating or even a plant. There are no rules for the interpretation of various laws and regulations, leading to the complete unpredictability of a possible success. Meet understanding at every level, in every administration. Rules change in motion, different procedures are conducted in a completely different way in the same regional branches of state administration. There are several closed circuit in several areas, all of which is not legally defined and self-initiative either locally or deliberate state policy, lowered by region. Creating poor at certain institutions that perpetuate the development of projects and also with the general corruption.

Would you comment on the recently adopted Law on renewable energy?

Adopted Law on renewable energy is difficult to comment honestly. In addition to being dysfunctional, with vague goals and ways to achieve them, subject to contrary interpretations and except corresponding regulations and of itself. The purpose of the legislative change was to find a way to filter out speculative projects and to allow the real to achieve a quick, easy and predictable, but that did not happen. For months, now can not find answers to key texts of the law, such as: what does “support scheme” and are there any in Bulgaria at the moment, what it actually “production area” what “roofs and facades” what means “urbanized areas” and how it will be done each connection from the entry into force of the Act until July 1, 2012 is a very strange time in the law that the connection fee is clarified only in receipt of a Form 15 . This provides a very negative signal to investors and the people decided to create a solar industry in Bulgaria.

How would the law and what impact it will have on your business?
Currently, there is no clarity on how this law will be applied. Electricity distribution and transmission companies interpreted the law unilaterally, only part of the newly collecting fees already issued preliminary and final contracts, and in the beginning part of the development project – shrug and wait for instructions and interpretations.
I will not go into detail to comment ZEVI article by article, but the general mood in the industry is totally adverse to it.
The new Law on Renewable Energy, unfortunately, is not better than the old one for several reasons: lack of predictability in terms of purchase price, no transition period for projects under development, lack of control EDC in connection with the announcement of areas with excess capacity, lack of a method for the formation of preferential prices and many others.
Our hope in adopting ZEVI was that will ease the investment process in small and medium-sized plants and Bulgaria will take the path of Germany, Britain and other leading nations.
What is the future of the solar industry in Bulgaria in the context of changes in the legal framework?
Unfortunately, if no changes ZEVI, many investors will be repelled several companies operating in the solar industry will cease to exist and will leave the mega foreign companies to tap the country with large photovoltaic, wind farms and biomass plants instead to create a good environment for the development of multiple, smaller capacity, money that will generate byproduct of the Bulgarian economy. And when you create a solar industry – manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, installers, maintenance companies and recycling equipment, our neighboring countries will have already gone on our way into the European community and still meet the requirements that we have right now for rates renewable energy in gross domestic consumption. Then the solar industry in Bulgaria would be well positioned to export goods, know-how and services, and will start to add positive balance foreign trade balance

Rosimir Mateev Eng, CEO of STS Solar,Energy Review Magazine
What do you think are the main issues facing the solar industry at the moment?The main problem at the moment to the solar industry is unpredictability. From one of the most predictable investment for many years now Investing in solar is pure adventure, if the purpose of the act was payback. Administrative procedures that must be passed to reach the construction of power plants are a problem. A small solar system collects a set of documents going through the same coordination and permits, as well as a new heating or even a plant. There are no rules for the interpretation of various laws and regulations, leading to the complete unpredictability of a possible success. Meet understanding at every level, in every administration. Rules change in motion, different procedures are conducted in a completely different way in the same regional branches of state administration. There are several closed circuit in several areas, all of which is not legally defined and self-initiative either locally or deliberate state policy, lowered by region. Creating poor at certain institutions that perpetuate the development of projects and also with the general corruption.
Would you comment on the recently adopted Law on renewable energy?

Adopted Law on renewable energy is difficult to comment honestly. In addition to being dysfunctional, with vague goals and ways to achieve them, subject to contrary interpretations and except corresponding regulations and of itself. The purpose of the legislative change was to find a way to filter out speculative projects and to allow the real to achieve a quick, easy and predictable, but that did not happen. For months, now can not find answers to key texts of the law, such as: what does “support scheme” and are there any in Bulgaria at the moment, what it actually “production area” what “roofs and facades” what means “urbanized areas” and how it will be done each connection from the entry into force of the Act until July 1, 2012 is a very strange time in the law that the connection fee is clarified only in receipt of a Form 15 . This provides a very negative signal to investors and the people decided to create a solar industry in Bulgaria.How would the law and what impact it will have on your business?Currently, there is no clarity on how this law will be applied. Electricity distribution and transmission companies interpreted the law unilaterally, only part of the newly collecting fees already issued preliminary and final contracts, and in the beginning part of the development project – shrug and wait for instructions and interpretations.I will not go into detail to comment ZEVI article by article, but the general mood in the industry is totally adverse to it.The new Law on Renewable Energy, unfortunately, is not better than the old one for several reasons: lack of predictability in terms of purchase price, no transition period for projects under development, lack of control EDC in connection with the announcement of areas with excess capacity, lack of a method for the formation of preferential prices and many others.Our hope in adopting ZEVI was that will ease the investment process in small and medium-sized plants and Bulgaria will take the path of Germany, Britain and other leading nations.What is the future of the solar industry in Bulgaria in the context of changes in the legal framework?Unfortunately, if no changes ZEVI, many investors will be repelled several companies operating in the solar industry will cease to exist and will leave the mega foreign companies to tap the country with large photovoltaic, wind farms and biomass plants instead to create a good environment for the development of multiple, smaller capacity, money that will generate byproduct of the Bulgarian economy. And when you create a solar industry – manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, installers, maintenance companies and recycling equipment, our neighboring countries will have already gone on our way into the European community and still meet the requirements that we have right now for rates renewable energy in gross domestic consumption. Then the solar industry in Bulgaria would be well positioned to export goods, know-how and services, and will start to add positive balance foreign trade balance