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SEGE starts construction of largest solar project in Western Balkans in Kosovo*

Construction of largest solar project in Western Balkans starts in Kosovo

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May 22, 2023

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Solar Energy Group Europe has started the construction of an agrisolar power plant of 150 MW in peak capacity in the municipality of Gjakova in the western part of Kosovo*. The project is currently the largest in construction in the Western Balkans, surpassing Karavasta in Albania.

The Solar Energy Group Europe (SEGE) consortium plans to start electricity production within 12 months. The photovoltaic facility will not receive any government subsidies, and the produced electricity will be sold on the open market.

According to SEGE’s website, the electricity will be sold abroad via the power lines operated by the transmission system operator (TSO) KOSTT. The company secured a grid connection in March 2021.

However, SEGE said it is willing to negotiate on exclusive sales only for Kosovo*, according to its website.

The project intends to combine modern technology with traditional agriculture

The project intends to combine modern technology with traditional agriculture. The company will plant specifically mixtures of grass containing a high percentage of protein, and graze sheep.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti said the project is an important step towards its clean energy transition. The construction of the solar park in the village of Bec, which will be built and operated by a group of companies including Siemens Energy, is a decisive move toward energy independence, he added.

The solar park will be built by Siemens Energy

He added that the recently adopted energy strategy aims at the development of the energy sector and its transition in line with the Sofia Declaration.

Minister of Economy of Kosovo* Artane Rizvanolli noted that Kosovo* has marked the start of works on the 150 MW solar park a week after the launch of a public call for a 100 MW solar auction. Siemens Energy will use the most developed technologies in the industry, she stressed.

Kosovo* has issued a contract notice for investors interested in building and operating a solar power plant on public land. The location in Kramovik was determined for 95 MW to 105 MW in connection capacity.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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