Owners of two houses in the city of Novi Pazar in Serbia will receive co-financing in the amount of 50% of their investment in rooftop solar power plants. The subsidy is part of a project called the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Serbia, implemented by Germany’s development agency GIZ in cooperation with Serbia’s Ministry of Mining and Energy.
The two households will produce green energy for self-consumption and become prosumers.
The representatives of GIZ signed memorandums of cooperation on the installation of the two rooftop solar power plants with the beneficiaries and equipment suppliers and installers.
The cooperation with citizens will provide better insight into financial costs, as well as the effects of installing solar panels in Serbia
Aleksandar Popović from GIZ said the activities envisaged in the memorandums would take place within the framework of pilot projects initiated under the Promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Serbia project.
The goal is to support the two families in Novi Pazar and all others interested in becoming prosumers.
The cooperation with citizens under the memorandums signed in Novi Pazar, and recently in Kragujevac, will help assess the financial costs as well as the effects of installing solar panels in Serbia, according to Popović.
Step-by-step guides How to Become a Prosumer are in preparation
The cooperation with citizens in Novi Pazar and Kragujevac will be the source of information for the upcoming step-by-step guides called How to Become a Prosumer. The guides will be developed as standardized models for different types of prosumers: households, residential communities, businesses, and others. The first one, for households, is expected to be published by the end of the year.
The guides will explain in detail the terminology, installation procedure, and how to adjust the metering equipment. They will provide recommendations on how to choose an adequate power plant and avoid oversizing the capacity of the facility, as well as a description of the necessary works.
The guides will also provide guidelines for the adequate operation of the solar plant
According to GIZ, the guides will also include a description of the procedure for signing a supply contract, and for registration in the prosumers’ register of Serbia’s distribution system operator Elektrodistribucija Srbije (EDS). The guides will provide guidelines for the adequate operation and maintenance of the solar plant and for proper disposal of malfunctioning and uninstalled equipment.
The benefits of becoming a prosumer are lower electricity costs, greater independence from price volatility, the security of supply, and the possibility of a connection to heating systems and electromobility. In addition, the installation of solar panels helps reduce emissions responsible for air pollution and the greenhouse effect, said GIZ.