Slovenia pays EUR 135 million in renewable energy, CHP subsidies in 2018

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April 18, 2019






April 18, 2019





Slovenia’s support payments for electricity from renewable energy sources and high-efficiency cogeneration (combined heat and power – CHP) reached EUR 135.1 million in 2018. The largest amount, EUR 62.8 million, was paid to owners of solar power plants, while fossil fuel CHP generated the biggest share of energy – 320.5 GWh.

According to Slovenian power market operator Borzen’s report, the total production of 3,859 power plants, with an installed power of 412 MW, was at 937,9 GWh in 2018, down 1% compared to 2017, while subsidies decreased 6% compared to a year earlier.

These 3,859 power plants in the support system account for about 12% of all installed capacities in Slovenia.

The average amount of subsidies per unit of electricity produced in 2018 was 144.1 EUR/MWh, down 5% compared to 2017.

Subsidies of EUR 135.1 million were paid in the form of guaranteed purchase prices (feed-in tariffs) and operational support.

Solar power plants received 47% of total subsidies, fossil fuel CHP 21%, wood biomass plants 15%, and biogas plants 11%

According to Borzen’s Center for Renewables and CHP, 2018 saw a continuation of a decrease in production, subsidy payments and new entries into the support system.

Electricity generation in 2018 increased in hydropower plants (HPPs) and fossil fuel CHP, and decreased in solar power plants and biogas plants, Center said in the report.

Amount of subsidies and production by type of plant:

  • Solar power plants – EUR 62.8 million, 249.6 GWh,
  • Fossil fuel CHP – EUR 28.8 million, 320.5 GWh,
  • Biomass plants – EUR 19.6 million, 125 GWh,
  • Biogas plants – EUR 15 million, 112.3 GWh,
  • Hydropower plants – EUR 6.9 million, 118.3 GWh,
  • Other power plants – EUR 1.8 million, 6.3 GWh,
  • Wind farms – EUR 0.4 million, 6 GWh.

Solar power plants received 47% of total subsidies, fossil fuel CHP 21%, wood biomass plants 15%, and biogas plants 11%.

The fossil fuel CHP secured 34% of the total generation, solar power plants 27%, biomass plants and HPPs 13% each, and biogas plants 12%.

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