Albania to seek investors in solar power plants at unused military airports


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September 7, 2023



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September 7, 2023



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Albanian Investment Corp. intends to develop solar power projects at abandoned military properties. It said it wants to establish partnerships with private companies to use the airport in Shkodër and the runway in Saranda.

A feasibility study is underway for a photovoltaic plant of 27 MW in peak capacity at the Fushor airport in Shkodër, or Shkodra, in north Albania, according to the Albanian Investment Corp. (AIC). The runway in Saranda in the country’s far south, also an abandoned military property, can fit 7 MW, the government agency revealed and Monitor reported.

The two locations were picked after last year’s preliminary analysis of 11 sites owned by the Ministry of Defence. The chosen ones have the highest energy potential and a clear ownership status, AIC added. It was established four years ago.

Albanian Investment Corp. hasn’t facilitated any investments since it was established four years ago

The site in Shkodër spans 31.8 hectares and the one in Saranda has 8.6 hectares. After the study, the institution will need approval from the ministry. Then it intends to seek partnerships with experienced private companies, the article reads.

AIC hasn’t facilitated any investments yet, so the government is drafting changes to the relevant law, the news outlet wrote.

Elsewhere in the region tracked by Balkan Green Energy News, Slovenia is also planning a public-private partnership for photovoltaic facilities at a military facility. The idea is to install solar power panels on the buildings in the Edvard Peperko barracks in the capital city of Ljubljana to boost the army’s energy self-sufficiency.

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