Money for the sun or we’ll stay in the dark

06.01.2022. / 13:58

BANJALUKA, SARAJEVO – The constant rise in energy prices has led to increased interest in the use of renewable energy sources, so an increasing number of companies in BiH, but also citizens are turning to these multi-cost and environmentally friendly energy sources.

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As Nihad Harbas, Secretary General of the Center for Sustainable Energy Transition “Reset”, told “Nezavisne novine”, energy prices are constantly rising, and the prices of imported energy sources, such as oil and gas, BiH cannot influence.

“In BiH, the first, zero measure must be energy efficiency, ie reduction of energy needs, and only then its production, because BiH spends two to three times more per unit of gross domestic product than the average countries in the world, and even five times more than the European Union ”, said Harbaš.

He added that due to the instability of prices on the world, but also on the domestic market, certain companies are turning to the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power plants, heat pumps and the like.

“We need to be aware that energy prices will continue to rise. However, energy costs must not rise, and this is achieved through the application of energy efficiency measures, the replacement of obsolete plants in industry, but also production at the point of consumption.said Harbas.

He pointed out that, as far as subsidies for the use of renewable energy sources are concerned, they most often come from development banks, through local commercial banks.

“We implemented several projects where subsidies ranged from 15 to 35 percent, both in households and in industry. On the other hand, you have a lot of small and medium enterprises, but also large ones, which are owned by foreign investors and are already demanding to switch to renewable energy sources due to taxes announced for export products that use coal and other fossil fuels to produce these products., Harbaš explained, stating that something that used to be profitable in 10 years is now profitable in seven or even six years, and if we take into account that energy prices will continue to rise, then profitability is possible in a shorter period.

He added that in 10 years, investment costs in the purchase and installation of these renewable energy sources have been reduced by about 90 percent.

“The pandemic has disrupted all sectors, including these, causing the cost of imports from China to jump. So now a container from China, which before the pandemic cost 3,000 to 4,000 KM, now costs 20,000 KM ”, said Harbaš, stating that this market is currently stagnant, but that all predictions are that it will decline.

He pointed out that BiH should move towards decarbonisation of the energy sector, as well as other sectors, and that the only alternative is the use of renewable energy sources.

In the “Euro Solar” sector within the company “HIFA OIL” Ltd. for “Nezavisne novine” said that it is noticeable that people are increasingly interested in solar energy.

“Not only economic entities are interested, but also households, and the expansion will be even greater in the coming period.” It is expected that in the next five to 10 years, an increasing number of BiH citizens will switch to these energy sources. “, they stated in “Euro Solar”.

They added that the cost-effectiveness of switching to this type of energy is multiple, either for personal use, or for sale to “Elektroprivreda” or on the stock exchange, and that cost-effectiveness can be expected in some five to seven years.

They noted that the “HIFA OIL” Ltd. “Euro Solar” sector has built a partnership with the world’s largest manufacturers of equipment for solar power plants and systems.

Nesib Mandzic, director of the company “Elektro-Test” Sarajevo, said that they have more and more inquiries, both from citizens and companies.

“Citizens are most interested in the construction of mini-solar power plants up to several kilowatts, and companies are interested in the construction of solar power plants over 50 kilowatts”, stated Mandzic.

He added that energy prices on the world market have jumped and that BiH has limited reserves of fossil fuels.

“It is inevitable that we will have an increase in electricity prices and we really need to take seriously the need to build renewable energy sources in the coming years.”, said Mandzic.

He added that if BiH does not join the trend soon, there is a possibility that we will remain in the dark.

As the Ministry of Energy and Mining of the Republika Srpska said, this ministry does not provide subsidies for the use of renewable energy sources.

“On the other hand, producers of electricity from renewable energy sources have the opportunity, in accordance with the Law on RES, to receive incentives for the production of electricity from RES, which is granted by the operator of the incentive system”, they stated in this ministry for “Nezavisne novine”.

They added that the process of passing a new law on RES is currently underway, which will define a new way of allocating incentives for electricity producers from RES. Independent newspapers

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