The total onshore wind power installed capacity in Serbia will soar from just 20 Megawatts (MW) in 2014 to an estimated 542 MW by 2025, boosted by announcements over the past three years for a number of new projects, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The company’s latest whitepaper states that Serbia’s nascent onshore wind sector will expand more than fivefold by the end of 2015, when it is expected to have an installed capacity of 122 MW. By 2025, the sector is forecast to increase at an impressive Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35%.
Sneha Susan Elias, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Power, says Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs), regulated through the 2004 Energy Law and special decrees, are the major support program for Serbia’s electricity production from renewable energy sources and will help drive growth in the wind sector.
Elias explains: “Plant operators must hold Privileged Power Producer (PPP) status in order to receive the appropriate price support for electricity generation in accordance with legal requirements.
“Following completion of the Power Purchase Agreement with the plant operator, Serbia’s state-owned power utility company, Elektroprivreda Srbijet, is legally obliged to purchase the total electricity produced by PPPs at an incentive price. Technologies eligible for FiTs include hydropower, biogas, biomass, geothermal, solar and wind power.”
The analyst adds that while wind made up less than 0.1% of Serbia’s power generation mix in 2014, investors are beginning to harness the excellent wind power potential in the regions around mountains Jastrebac, Stara Planina, Kopaonik, Juhor, Suva Planina, Tupižnica, Ozren, and Vlasina, as well as the town of Vršac and village of Krepoljina.
Elias continues: “As wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy, apart from mini hydro, Serbia is seeking to take advantage of this power source as the country bids to become part of the European Union (EU) and achieve a target of 27% of its energy mix coming from renewable sources by 2020.