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PowerChina, AVR kick off construction of 9.9 MW solar power plant in Serbia

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July 19, 2023

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The construction of a 9.95 MW solar power plant has started in the village of Saraorci near Smederevo in Serbia.

PowerChina and Germany-based AVR Solar Park are building the facility, the Ministry of Mining and Energy said.

Of note, in April, PowerChina and CWP Europe signed an investment contract for the proposed Vetrozelena wind farm, which marked the entry of the Chinese company into the renewable energy sector in Serbia.

Serbia doesn’t have large solar power plants yet. In early April, a photovoltaic facility with a capacity of 9.9 MW came online near Lapovo. The developer claimed it was the largest in the country.

Mandić: The power plant will be commissioned 1 MW at a time

The power plant under construction in Saraorci will produce electricity for the domestic market, the ministry said and added that its annual output would be enough to supply around 2,500 households.

Executive partner in AVR Solar Park Milica Mandić told TV Nova S the project would be implemented in phases and that the completion of the first part is expected in late October. It will be commissioned 1 MW at a time, she added.

Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Đedović, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony, asserted that Serbia has 30% higher solar potential than Germany, which she called one of the leaders in Europe in the utilization of solar energy.

Đedović: So far, 157 solar power plants with an overall capacity of 23.3 MW have been built

The current solar power plant capacity is far below potential, she said and pointed out that a total of 157 units with a combined capacity of 23.3 MW have been constructed.

The recent amendments to the Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources and the adoption of the three-year auction plan created a predictable framework for investors, she said. Citizens are stimulated to be active participants in the energy transition through subsidies for energy efficiency improvement, in Đedović’s view.

Serbia currently has 1,800 prosumers

“It is also very important to raise the citizens’ awareness of the benefits of producing electricity for self-consumption, and that the number of buyers-producers is constantly growing,” she stressed.

Currently, there are about 1,800 of producers with an overall 21 MW, Đedović noted.

The minister was accompanied by the Ambassador of China Chen Bo and representatives of the companies implementing the project.

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