Serbia to make giant leap in wind power capacity

According to data from the GlobalData consultancy, wind power is expected to rise to 542 MW by 2025 from its current capacity of just 20 MW.

Recent activity in the Balkan country’s wind power market has informed the study.

The company’s latest whitepaper states that Serbia’s nascent onshore wind sector will expand more than fivefold by the end of 2015, when it is expected to have an installed capacity of 122 MW. By 2025, the sector is forecast to increase at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35 per cent.

Sneha Susan Elias, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Power, says Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs), regulated through the 2004 Energy Law and special decrees, are the major supp ort programme for Serbia’s electricity production from renewable energy sources and will help drive growth in the wind sector.

Elias explains: “Plant operators must hold Privileged Power Producer (PPP) status in order to receive the appropriate price support for electricity generation in accordance with legal requirements.

“Following completion of the Power Purchase Agreement with the plant operator, Serbia’s state-owned power utility company, Elektroprivreda Srbijet, is legally obliged to purchase the total electricity produced by PPPs at an incentive price. Technologies eligible for FiTs include hydropower, biogas, biomass, geothermal, solar and wind power.”

The analyst adds that while wind made up less than 0.1% of Serbia’s power generation mix in 2014, investors are beginning to harness the excellent wind power potential in the regions around mountains Jastrebac, Stara Planina, Kopaonik, Juhor, Suva Planina, Tupižnica, Ozren, and Vlasina, as well as the town of Vršac and village of Krepoljina.

Elias continues: “As wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy, apart from mini hydro, Serbia is seeking to take advantage of this power source as the country bids to become part of the European Union (EU) and achieve a target of 27 per cent of its energy mix coming from renewable sources by 2020.

“The key players at present are Continental Wind Partners, Fintel Energia Group SpA, Prenecon S.A., and Vestas Wind Systems AG, and many opportunities remain in a fledgling market,” the analyst concludes.



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