The Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia has allocated RSD 105 million (EUR 896,000) for the installation of solar power plants on the roofs of 13 faculties and colleges. Another six will receive funds in 2024.
Faculties and colleges in Serbia’s northern province will install photovoltaic power plants with an individual capacity of 50 kW. They have secured financing through the 2023 public call for funds for educational institutions to purchase and install photovoltaic systems.
The call was launched by the Provincial Secretariat for High Education and Scientific Research. In total, 19 applications were submitted, out of which 13 projects will be funded this year, and the rest in 2024, the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina said.
The Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment already installed solar panels and reduced electricity costs by 62%
The government also provided RSD 6.4 million (EUR 55,000) for the development of design and technical documentation for the construction of PV plants for all faculties of the University of Novi Sad, the provincial capital.
Its Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment was the first to install solar panels. Its two photovoltaic units have a combined installed capacity of 45 kW.
The institute’s director Saša Orlović said the investment lowered electricity costs by 62%.
Subisides for the solar panels were awarded to:
- Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad
- Faculty of Agriculture, Novi Sad
- Faculty of Law, Novi Sad
- Faculty of Technology, Novi Sad
- Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad
- Faculty of Medicine, Novi Sad
- Sports Center of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Novi Sad
- Higher Education Technical School of Professional Studies, Novi Sad
- Faculty of Economics, Subotica
- Technical Faculty Mihajlo Pupin, Zrenjanin
- Higher education school of professional studies Sirmium, Sremska Mitrovica
- Faculty of Education, Sombor
- Faculty of Teacher Education, Subotica.
Prime Minister of Vojvodina Igor Mirović said the provincial government initiated the project to introduce modern and sustainable technologies into the public sector.
The University of Novi Sad will be the first in Serbia to equip the roofs of all its faculties with PV systems, Mirović stressed.
He added that the government plans to install solar panels on other public facilities as well, to reduce electricity costs.
The six educational institutions that will receive money for solar panels next year are the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education (Novi Sad), the University of Novi Sad, the Faculty of Sciences (Novi Sad), the Academy of Arts (Novi Sad), the Faculty of Civil Engineering (Subotica) and the BioSense Institute (Novi Sad).