Bulgaria opens calls for battery storage subsidies within renewable energy projects

Following a three-month delay, the Ministry of Energy of Bulgaria combined five planned procedures for grants for energy storage facilities into three and launched calls for two of them. The aim is to support the buildout of renewable electricity plants, with which the subsidized systems would be integrated into hybrid power plants.

Total budget in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, under the European Union’s Recovery and Resilience Facility, is EUR 339 million, of which EUR 66 million will remain for the third tender. The authorities will decide on it depending on the interest in the current ones.

The goal is to support the installation of renewable energy plants with 1,425 MW in total capacity alongside energy storage with an overall operating power of 350 MW. The two procedures are for planned investments in electricity production as well as for facilities commissioned since the beginning of 2023, but with battery energy storage yet to be installed.