Connection of RES producer below 30 kW

Connection of renewable energy generation facilities (REGF) pursuant to the provisions of article 24, paragraph 1 of the Renewable Energy Act (REA)*

Procedure for joining to the electricity distribution network of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD of producers’ new facilities of under article 24.1 of REA

*Pursuant to article 24.1 of REA these are renewable sources for generation of electricity: “item 1 (as amended – SG no. 29 of 2012, in force from 10.04.2012) with total installed capacity of up to 30 kW, inclusive, which are to be erected on roof and façade structures of buildings joined to the electricity distribution network and on their adjacent real estates in urbanized territories;”

Producers’ facilities are joined to the electricity distribution network of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Renewable Energy Act (REA) and Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014 on joining of producers and consumers of electricity to the electricity transmission or distribution networks – in force from 04.04.2014.

Every producer who wants to join a power plant to the electricity distribution network lf CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD should go through the following stages:

Stage І. Filing an application for the service Application for studying the conditions for joining a producer to the electricity network

For the purposes of studying the conditions for joining a facility to the electricity network the person requesting such joining should file a written request  in CEZ Bulgaria EAD customer service center. Copies of documents specified in the form should be enclosed to the request.

Pursuant to article 24, item 1 of REA the facility where the power plant is erected should be joined as a consumer (i.e. the client should have entered into contract for electricity supply).

For the purposes of filling in and filing a request for study, you will need the following information:

  • Precise address and purpose of the facility;
  • Deadline/ stages for construction of the facility;
  • Installed generating capacity of the facility;
  • Type of primary energy source;
  • Precise mailing address, phone and fax number and e-mail;
  • A document certifying the title /another property right of the plot/ building where the REGF will be erected;
  • Lease contract and notarized consent of the owner of the plot/building, if the request is filed by a tenant;
  • Certificate of plan verifying that the plot is located in urbanized territory;
  • Description of technical details of the main facilities and of REFG pursuant to the requirements of section VІ.

Upon filing the request under paragraph 1, a fee for study works of external electricity supply should be paid as per approved Pricelist of services provided by the Company.

* Time period for provision of the service – 30 calendar days, which starts on the date of payment of the service fee.

In case the documents are incomplete or do not meet the requirements of Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014 on joining of producers and consumers of electricity to the electricity transmission or distribution networks, within 14 days of the date of filing CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD notifies in writing the person who has filed the request to eliminate any irregularities found within 30 days, whereas the company may ask for additional information about the characteristics of the joined facility.

In case the person who has filed the request fails to eliminate the irregularities and discrepancies in the documents or fails to submit any additionally required documents and information within 30 days, the facility joining procedure is terminated, and a new request for studying the conditions for joining should be filed and a new service fee should be paid to start new procedure.

Stage ІІ. Conditions for joining

Within 30 calendar days as from the date of the request for study and payment of the fee, CEZ Electrorazpredelenie Bulgaria AD makes and proposes the requesting persons an opinion about the conditions for joining of the facility.

It is recommended to file a request for entering into final contract for joining just after obtaining construction permit for the facility to be joined issued by the respective competent authority, according to the category of the construction site.

Stage ІІІ. Terms and conditions for entering into contract for joining (final):

The person who has requested the joining files in a Customer Service Center a form of written request for entering into contract for joining of a producer and encloses copies of the documents specified in the form.

Request for entering into contract for joining should be submitted by a person who:

  • holds an opinion about the conditions for joining (within its 6 months’ term of validity);
  • holds an opinion of an electrical engineering with drawings, schemes, calculations and instructions for performance thereof under article 147, paragraph 1, item 14 of the Spatial Development Act;
  • holds a permit for new construction site;

* In case the documents are incomplete or do not meet the requirements of Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014 on joining of producers and consumers of electricity to the electricity transmission or distribution networks, within 14 days of the date of filing CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD notifies in writing the person who has filed the request to eliminate any irregularities found within 30 days, whereas the company may ask for additional information about the characteristics of the joined facility.

** In case the person who has filed the request fails to eliminate the irregularities and discrepancies in the documents or fails to submit any additionally required documents and information within 30 days, the facility joining procedure is terminated, and a new request for studying the conditions for joining should be filed and a new service fee should be paid to start new procedure.

Within one month of submitting the request for entering into contract for joining, CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD:

  • Sends a written invitation for entering into contract for joining to the person who has filed the request;
  • Prepares the contract;
  • Approves the submitted parts of the work projects of the electric units and appliances of the facility to be joined;

If no procedure for entering into contract for joining has been commenced within six months of issuing the opinion for the conditions for joining, the joining procedure is terminated and a new request for studying the conditions for joining should be filed and a new service fee should be paid to start new procedure.

* Contract for joining may also be entered into with a person who is the holder of title or another property right, or an obligatory right to use the facility for which the other person has a written opinion about the conditions for joining.

For the joining of the facility to the electricity distribution network, the person who has entered into contract for joining pays a joining fee under Ordinance № 1/18.03.2013 on the regulation of prices of electricity /in force from 5.04.2013/, in the way and within the time periods fixed in the contract for joining.

Stage ІV. Design and construction of electricity facilities

The construction and commissioning of facilities to be joined should be performed by CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD within the agreed time periods and stages pursuant to article 95, paragraph 3 of Ordinance №6.

„CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD starts the construction of facilities to be joined upon issuing a construction permit.

On the grounds of article 96, paragraph 1 of Ordinance 6, upon constructing the electricity generation facility, the producer files an application for completed mounting of the installation. The following documents should be enclosed to the application:

  • Declaration of compliance for the main elements of the renewable energy generation facility;
  • Declaration by the person under article 20a of REA for completion of the installation of facilities according to the technical requirements;
  • Protocol with the values of main parameter settings for activation and time delays of each protective device;
  • Drawings/ documents in case of minor modifications during construction.

In case all documents are submitted, within 14 days CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD makes an inspection of the facility. A certifying protocol for compliance of agreed parameters is made after the inspection.

Stage V. Filing an application for sale (purchase) of generated electricity by the producers under article 24.1 of REA.

The contract for sale (purchase) of generated electricity with CEZ Electro Bulgaria AD* for facilities under article 24, item 1 of REA is entered into before the issue of an Order for putting under voltage by CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD and upon payment of joining fee.

*Pursuant to article 31. (1) of REA (as amended SG no. 29 of 2012, in force from 10.04.2012, as amended SG no. 17 of 2015, in force from 06.03.2015)

“Renewable energy is purchased by the public supplier, by the end suppliers, respectively, at a preferential price fixed by the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission applicable as at the date of commissioning within the meaning of the Spatial Development Act on the territory of the electricity generation facility, and for the facilities under article 24, paragraph 1 – as at the date of the application for completed mounting of an electricity generation installation filed to the distribution company pursuant to the terms and conditions of article 116, paragraph 7 of the Energy Act.

Stage VI. Factual joining of producers’ facilities under article 24.1 of REA to the electricity distribution network and putting the facilities to be joined under voltage

Electricity facilities to be joined should be put under voltage up to the ownership border within 7 days of filing the producer’s application for sale of electricity and upon producer’s submission of the following documents:

  • Declaration that he agrees to use the network under the general conditions for getting access to the operator’s distribution network;
  • Copy of contract for purchase of generated electricity entered into with the end supplier (for the regulated market) or with a trader of electricity (for the free market)**
  • Financial document certifying the payment of the joining fee and the settlement of the financial relations between the two parties.

**Upon client’s refusal the generated renewable energy to be purchased by the public supplier, by the end supplier, respectively, at the preferential price fixed by the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission, a contract for purchase of such energy should be obligatorily entered into with a trader of electricity on the free market.