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Serbia enables leasing of state agriculture land for solar and wind projects

Serbia enables leasing of state agriculture land for solar and wind projects

Date: July 14th 2021

Author: Peter Palčec

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy

The Serbian government adopted a regulation last Friday that allows the leasing of state-owned agricultural land for non-agricultural use, such as the installation of wind and solar plants, reports the news portal Danas.rs.

The regulation applies to land registered in the land registry of the Republic Geodetic Authority and is labelled as state-owned agricultural land.

This land can now be leased for the construction of solar power plants and wind farms, as well as for geological exploration and exploitation of mineral resources (clay, gravel, sand, stone, oil and natural gas) and disposal of tailings, ash, slag and other hazardous and harmful substances.

The land can be leased to individuals and legal entities for a period of up to 30 years. The regulation follows the adoption of the new Serbian law on renewable energy sources and is intended to accelerate the deployment of new renewable capacities in Serbia.

The land must be leased though a public call conducted by local municipalities. The decision on launching a public call must be made with the consent of the Serbian agriculture ministry.

For renewable energy projects, the initial annual amount of the fee for the use of state land is equal to five times that of the average lease price per hectare of state agricultural land.
 
If the land is intended for the exploitation of minerals and disposal of harmful substances, the initial fee is thirty times that of the average lease price.

In order to replace 4.4 GW of coal power production capacity by 2050, Serbia will need to add 8-10 GW of renewable capacity. The country has already identified projects in the area of renewables, energy efficiency and the energy transition amounting to EUR 15bn.



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