The aim of the project is to conduct a series of advocacy steps for the development of Renewable Energy Capacity (RE) for residential subscribers in a consumer-generator context. The enormous potential of solar energy that could benefit a large part of Bulgarian households to meet their energy needs is being wasted. The problems are rooted in a cumbersome and complicated regulatory framework.

As a result of the project implementation, we foresee an improved regulatory framework and increased interest from households or co-operatives to install RES to meet their own energy needs. It is important that the general public and responsible politicians understand that the installation of RES does not only mean large-scale power plants made by big investors, but that the production of electricity from RES at household level is not a utopia.

The partner organisations Public Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development and Green Laws will monitor and analyse the current legislative and administrative acts affecting changes to the Energy Act (EA), Renewable Energy Act (REA). As a result of the analyses, possible improvements will be proposed to accelerate the transition of the Bulgarian energy sector towards a mix dominated by diverse renewable energy sources. The project also includes meetings with experts and public discussions with government representatives and relevant parliamentary committees. Conducting five public discussions (meetings) for the public to discuss the possibilities of installing capacity, cooperating producers, combining agriculture with solar, etc. All meetings held will be webcast and recorded. The recordings will subsequently be processed into short videos and podcasts that will be disseminated on partners’ social channels.

The current project is also particularly important in the context of the urgent need for Bulgaria to diversify its energy sources. A need created by the war between Russia and Ukraine.