Landlocked Serbia prepares for its first wind farm

Serbia is dealing with a sluggish economy while it tries to develop a much-needed renewable energy sector.
The Balkan nation currently relies on coal and oil, but has a significant renewable energy potential. The country’s first 6 MW of installed wind energy capacity are due to come online this year.

Currently, 25% of Serbia’s electricity comes from hydro power, and wind looks set to become the next renewable power source to contribute to the mix, with about 100 MW expected by the end of 2012.

According to Serbia’s ministry of mining and energy, the country’s total estimated wind power capacity to be connected to the system is 1,300 MW, approximately 15% of the nation’s total capacity.

Amendments will allow so-called “Privileged Power Producers”, such as wind energy, to have priority in grid connection, access to feed-in tariffs representing €95 per MWh, standardised power purchase agreements and various tax incentives.

By Sarah Azau,