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N. Macedonia to add 180 MW of solar prosumer capacity in 2 years

N. Macedonia to add 180 MW of solar prosumer capacity in 2 years

Date: May 11th 2022

Author: Montel

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy

North Macedonia expects to add up to 180 MW of new solar prosumer capacity in the next two years, its energy minister Kreshnik Bekteshi told an energy conference in the Albanian capital Tirana on Tuesday.

Bekteshi explained that to cope with the ongoing energy crisis, the Macedonian government needed to add more renewable energy capacity to the country’s energy mix.

The government has already prepared the legal framework and in 2021 it gave EUR 130,000 to subsidise prosumers.

“If any household produces more electricity than it needs then it can sell it to the distribution company for the same purchase price charged by the supplier,” Bekteshi said.

He added that the same rule would apply for small businesses that install up to 40 kWp of capacity in their rooftop solar panels.

“This installed capacity from households and small businesses will add between 150 MW and 180 MW in the next two years.”

Bekteshi said that the country had installed or is in the process of installing 140 MW of solar capacity owned by bigger companies (with more than 1 MW of installed capacity).

Private investors see North Macedonia as a very attractive location for solar installations due to its favourable sunshine duration.

Meanwhile, a 10 MW solar farm started electricity production at the old coal mine in Oslomej last month.

The government has said that in the next 10 to 15 years, 1 GW of solar and 500 MW of wind capacity will be installed throughout the country.



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