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Kosovo maps locations for possible solar projects

Kosovo maps locations for possible solar projects

Date: May 13th 2022

Author: Montel

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy , Ecology

Kosovo has mapped locations where future solar farms could be built on its territory, an official from the ministry of spatial planning told Montel on Thursday.

Rizah Murseli, the head of the GIS (Geographic Information System) unit at the spatial planning ministry, said that around 9% of Kosovo’s territory could be covered with solar panels, although the construction of solar farms will not be allowed inside protected zones such as national parks, historical sites or in areas with high quality agriculture land.

“According to the latest study, the total area for such activities covers about 4,100 km2 and after the above-mentioned restrictions, the suitable space for this type of activity is reduced to about 1,000 km2,” Murseli told Montel.

The study, which was supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), has identified western and central parts of the country as being the main and most suitable areas for solar farm development.

“We believe that this study will be expanded in the future and only then will we know exactly how many MWh of electricity can be produced in Kosovo by solar energy,” Murseli added.

The meteorological institute IHMK estimates that Kosovo has 2,047 hours of optimal sunshine duration for solar power production a year.

Only 230 MW of Kosovo's power production capacity is renewable, mainly in the form of wind turbines. The country plans to install 1.4 GW of solar and wind capacity over the next decade and currently there are several solar projects in development with a combined capacity of 170 MW.

The first auction for 100 MW of solar capacity should be held by the end of this year and other auctions for solar and wind capacity should follow soon after that.



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