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Battery manufacturer TAB Mak builds 8.4 MW solar park in North Macedonia

Battery manufacturer TAB Mak 8 4 MW solar park North Macedonia

Photo: Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevski (pictured front) visited TAB Mak's new solar park Government of North Macedonia

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December 22, 2022

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A lead-acid battery plant in Probištip in North Macedonia will cover 25% of its electricity needs from its new solar park of 8.4 MW on ten hectares and an additional rooftop photovoltaic system.

Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevski and Minister of Transport and Communications Blagoj Bočvarski visited the TAB Mak factory in Probištip with Mayor Dragan Anastasov. The company, owned by TAB from Slovenia, has installed North Macedonia’s third-largest solar power plant, to produce its own electricity. It is located in the country’s northeast.

The 8.4 MW solar park on ten hectares, with over 15,000 modules, and another 6,000 panels that are on the plant’s roof will cover 25% of the power demand, the government said. TAB Mak manufactures lead-acid batteries for vehicles and industrial uses.

Kovačevski expressed belief it was one of the most profitable investments for the company, citing the energy crisis, and that it would keep adding new electricity sources. North Macedonia has launched economic support measures for households and companies worth EUR 760 million in total, he noted.

Akuo Energy’s solar power project in Štip will be a model for the development of agriculture as well as for the construction of wpd’s Virovi wind power plant

The country is going through an energy transformation, which is especially necessary in the context of energy shortages, Kovačevski pointed out. He added that talks are underway with Akuo Energy regarding a 400 MW solar power project in Štip. It will be a model for the development of agriculture and for the construction of wpd’s Virovi wind power plant, he said.

In the prime minister’s words, the procedure for the installation of photovoltaics has recently been shortened to just one day, from up to a month. As much as 300 MW in solar power is expected to be added to the system by the end of 2023, he stressed.

The biggest photovoltaic unit in North Macedonia, at 17 MW, was put into operation in October. The second-biggest one is a 10 MW facility on a former open cast lignite mine. It was finished in April.

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