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Serbia’s largest solar power plant, 9.9 MW, put into operation

DeLasol Serbia largest solar power plant 9 9 MW

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April 6, 2023

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Solar power plant DeLasol in Lapovo came online. With its 9.9 MW, it is the biggest in Serbia. The unit consists of almost 18,000 bifacial panels.

Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Đedović attended the official launch of the DeLasol photovoltaic facility, the largest in Serbia. The solar power plant with a 9.9 MW connection (11.8 MW in nameplate capacity) is located in Lapovo in the central part of the country.

The government is adopting regulations and preparing strategic documents with the aim to create conditions for the construction of renewable electricity plants and secure supply for citizens and businesses, Đedović said.

The investment is worth EUR 9 million.

The minister added that the proposed changes to the Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources, which are entering parliamentary procedure, would enable auctions for market premiums for renewable energy producers and that it would open the way for Serbia to triple its wind and solar capacities in the next several years.

The DeLasol solar power plant was built by MT-Komex. It spans 12.5 hectares and consists of 17,980 bifacial or two-sided panels. The technology enables them to generate electricity from below, from the reflection from the ground.

Annual output is estimated at 15 GWh, equivalent to the consumption of  2,100 domestic households, the announcement adds. The company revealed that it intends to build four more solar power plants within two years. One unit would also be in Lapovo.

The project that has just been completed is worth EUR 9 million, according to ProCredit Bank’s Serbian subsidiary, which financed the endeavor.

The Karavasta solar power plant in Albania, which is under construction, will be the biggest by far in the Western Balkans

Currently the largest completed solar power plant in the region tracked by Balkan Green Energy News has a nameplate capacity of 204.3 MW. It is in Greece’s north, in the Western Macedonia region. The facility was installed by HELLENiQ Energy, which used to be called Hellenic Petroleum. It is also the biggest photovoltaic plant with bifacial panels in Europe.

However, Turkish company Kalyon is finishing its Karapınar project in Anadolia. The planned peak capacity is 1.3 GW, while the connection capacity would be 1 GW. The segments that were built so far are already online.

The biggest power plant of the kind in the Western Balkans is in North Macedonia. It is owned by Slovenian firm GEN-I. It has 17 MW. French company Voltalia started building its Karavasta facility last year in Albania. The envisaged peak or maximum capacity, in direct current terms, is 140 MW.

Fintel launched the 660 MW Agrosolar Kula project in Serbia with MK Group in 2021 for the simultaneous production of agricultural crops and solar power.

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