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Montenegrin EPCG to implement first floating solar project

Montenegrin EPCG to implement first floating solar project

Date: June 28th 2021

Author: Peter Palčec

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy

The Montenegrin power utility EPCG will develop its first floating solar power project on an artificial reservoir in central Montenegro, said the company on Saturday.

EPCG   solar panel
“Floating solar projects, like the one we will build on the Salt Lake in Niksic, offer great opportunities for small countries like Montenegro, where few suitable areas for solar instalment exist,” said EPCG’s executive director, Nikola Rovcanin.

The Salt Lake artificial reservoir is in the western part of a 48km2 karst plain known as the Niksic Field. The reservoir was built in the middle of the last century for the Perucica hydropower system and covers an area of 8.89km2.
 
“We are sure that this and similar projects will have multiple benefits, both for the modernisation of EPCG's production capacities and for the energy stability of the entire country,” added Rovcanin.

Some Danish companies have already expressed their interest in building a floating solar power plant on the reservoir. Meanwhile, the Norwegian energy group Statkraft recently started producing power from its first floating solar plant, located in neighbouring Albania. 

The Montenegrin government said last week that EPCG should not be privatised but rather find foreign partners for new wind and solar projects.

Additionally, land in western Montenegro is cheap and ideal for the construction of large solar farms, said EPCG recently.

Montenegro is drafting a new energy strategy, which will focus on renewables in a bid for the country to gradually reduce CO2 emissions to zero.





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