Bulgarian PV Grid Forum

Organised by BPVA

Organizer: Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association(BPVA)
Date: 30 May 2013
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Venue:  International Expo Center - Sofia

How “intelligent” are the law and administrative framework and procedures for connecting to the grid, how to be optimized, what are the barriers and the technical solutions in the large scale integration of PV in 16 EU countries including Bulgaria – these were the main issues discussed at the PV Grid Forum, which took place on May 30th 2013 in Sofia. The forum, organized by the Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association (BPVA), was attended by more than 100 people, engaged in the PV Sector in Bulgaria and abroad.

The foreign participants in the PV Grid Forum in Bulgaria were Marie Latour (European Photovoltaic Industry Association), who outlined the PV Grid project idea, objectives, partners and the results reached at this phase, as well as described the European PV market in the recent years and presented the different scenario perspectives for the next period, and Carlos Mateo Domingo (Comillas Pontifical University Madrid), who gave more technical view and solutions for allowing a large scale PV penetration in Europe.

The specific issues about Bulgaria were presented by Milena Tsoleva (Electricity System Operator), Nikola Gazdov (BPVA) and Vladimir Alitchkov (BPVA). Tsoleva revealed that ESO has been working on some international projects for development of the transmission grid, which will as well help for the integration of RES, as the purpose is to finance these projects with private capital. The administrative procedures for legalization and connection of the installations to the grid are the main barriers for developing the PV technology in Bulgaria. The key constraints, which in practice stop the spread of the technology, are the annual determination of zero capacity for connecting of new PV installation to the grid and the illegal “grid access fee”, which takes up to 39% of their income in favour of the grid operators. The representative of the System operator, Milena Tsoleva, revealed that ESO has been working on some international projects for development of the transmission grid, which will also help for the integration of RES, as the purpose is to finance these projects with private capital.  

On the other hand the conditions for developing PV installations with small capacities on residential roof-tops have been improved. The reduced time for connection to the grid up to about 31 weeks significantly lowers the administrative costs and the amount of the required investments. However, the main obstacle remains the difficult access to finance and the lack of predictability in determining the purchase price of the produced electricity.

Agenda: Download it here

 

Pictures from the Bulgarian Forum