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Norway Finances Romanian Green Air Navigation with Solar Energy

Three rows of solar panels providing shade for cars© Eva Marie Bulai
Pictured: The innovative solution with solar panels generating energy while providing shade for the employee parking lot.
Romatsa RA, the Romanian Air Traffic Services Administration, is proud to be a beneficiary of the Norway Grants. As an air navigation service provider responsible for managing air traffic, Romatsa is an institution of national importance and a certified civil aeronautical agent. With a strong vision to maintain high-performance standards in safety, quality, efficiency, and environmental protection, Romatsa RA has embraced the opportunities within the Energy Programme in Romania to enhance its energy resilience and sustainability.

Flying has never been greener and Romatsa is playing a leading role in the greening of the services provided by the Romanian aviation to their clients. Recognising its reliance on the national electricity grid and the vulnerability to high electricity bills, Romatsa found in the Norway Grants a great financial support to install photovoltaic systems on their Air Traffic Services Administration.

Shade and savings

During a visit from Innovation Norway, the Brussels-based European Free Trade Association, and the Romanian Government in May 2023, Romatsa project manager Mr. Iulian Strat, showcased their innovative approach to solar energy utilisation.

All present were truly impressed by the installation of 876KW solar panels over the employees' parking lot, ingeniously providing shade to cars while generating renewable energy.

Mr. Iulian Strat: We have installed 876KW solar panels, covering 10% of our own energy consumption. This significantly enhances:

  • the security of our energy supply
  • the reduction of our energy bills
  • our CO2 emissions reductions by 150 tonnes per year, contributing to green services for our clients.

A picture of the Project Manager Iulian Strat, the project manager at Romatsa RA© Eva Marie Bulai
Pictured: Mr. Iulian Strat, the Project Manager of the S-generation project at Romatsa RA.

Advanced photovoltaic technology

And the benefits of this Norway Grants-financed project do not stop here.

Mr. Strat made it clear that, without the grants, the progress achieved by Romatsa RA would not have been possible. The project exceeded expectations, achieving higher electricity generation and better emissions reductions, all thanks to advancements in photovoltaic technology. Romatsa’s photovoltaic system doesn’t just benefit their business by generating a significant revenue stream – it's making a profound difference in how secure the company’s electricity supply is for their most critical systems without which Romatsa could simply not function.

Through the successful integration of solar energy with the help of the Norway Grants, Romatsa RA stands as a shining example of how technology can be harnessed more efficiently to create a sustainable and eco-friendly business model. It is truly remarkable to see what constant innovation and dedication to environmental responsibility can achieve and Norway is grateful to have been part of this Romanian success story!


Programme: Energy Programme in Romania
Grant amount: €346.500
Total project cost: €769.991
Finalised: 30.09.2022


  • Expected annual production of 490 MWh, contributing to CO2 emissions reduction and to the greening of Romatsa’s services
  • Covering approximately 10% of the total energy used on site
  • Decrease in CO2-emission of 150 tons per year

About the Energy Programme in Romania

The Energy Programme in Romania, managed by Innovation Norway, aims at less carbon intensive energy and increased energy security, providing grants for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and electrification of households. The Programme financing is ensured through the EEA and Norway Grants which contribute to social and economic development in 10 European countries, including Romania.

About Innovation Norway

Innovation Norway is the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. Innovation Norway supports companies in developing their competitive advantage and to enhance innovation.

In Romania, Innovation Norway is managing two programmes: the Energy Programme and the SMEs Growth Programme

This interview has been conducted in collaboration with Eva Marie Bulai

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