The Electric Power Industry of Serbia has concluded the first contract with a commercial buyer-producer, and this is the first example when the buyer also becomes a producer of electricity from renewable sources. On March 30, EPS concluded a contract with Gruner Serbian from Vlasotince on full supply with a net bill for the period from April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023, EPS said in a statement.

Gruner Serbian Vlasotince, which is engaged in the production of electricity distribution equipment and electricity management equipment, has built a solar power plant on the roof of the production facility, with an installed capacity of 500 kW.

By connecting that solar power plant, the buyer-producer will use the produced electricity for his own consumption, and he will deliver the surplus electricity to the electric power system. In that way, the bills for the taken over electricity that Gruner Serbian bought on the open market will be significantly reduced, it is stated in the announcement.

EPS also signed contracts with households, which submitted requests for the conclusion of contracts for complete supply with net metering and immediately notified the distribution system operator (“Elektrodistribucija Srbije”). The next step is to connect the power plant to the electricity system, which is required to be done by the distribution system operator, within five days of concluding the contract. After the connection, in the next five days, the distribution system operator enters the end customer in the Register of Customer-Producers, which thus acquires the status of Customer-Producer.

EPS also reminds that it is on its website, at the link http://www.eps.rs/cir/snabdevanje/Pages/kupac-proizvođac.aspx set the instruction “How to become a customer-manufacturer?”.

On that link, requests for concluding a contract on complete supply with net metering or net billing were published, as well as models of contracts on complete supply of electricity for customers-producers. Attached to the request is the Notice on the adjustment of the metering point, issued by the distribution system operator. It is part of the necessary documentation for households and companies that intend to produce electricity from renewable sources for their own needs, with the possibility to deliver surplus energy to the system or take over electricity when they need it.

A contract on complete supply with net metering is concluded with households, and a contract on complete supply with net calculation is concluded with companies. The essential difference between net metering and net billing is that in net billing, the price of taken over electricity does not have to be the same as the price at which electricity is delivered to the electricity system.
Before submitting the request for concluding the contract, it is necessary for the buyer to build a power plant that uses renewable energy sources and whose installed capacity is not higher than the approved connection power of the customer’s facility. It is also necessary to adjust the metering point, ie to install a two-way meter, as well as to provide the system operator with confirmation that the devices, installations and metering point are correct and in accordance with regulations and standards, EPS said in a statement.

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