“RES Serbia 2021” – Challenges and obstacles in the development and construction of RES projects

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According to the data in 2020, renewable energy sources in the European Union generated more electricity than fossil fuels. Emanuel Van Vyve, Business Development Director of Elicio, Marko, talked about where Serbia is on this road and how far we have come. Liposcak, Business Development Director of Enligh, Boni Norman, President of E3 International and Aleksandar Jakovljević, Strategy Director of Elektroprivreda Srbije.

As Enanuel Van Vyve pointed out, investors are faced with a very complicated process of obtaining building permits for the construction of wind farms, as well as that there are strict requirements for work permits. He sincerely hopes that this system will be a little better regulated in the future, and praises the announcement that bylaws will be adopted soon.

“We are working on a 200 megawatt project which is in the early planning phase, and the Alibunar and Malibunar wind farms have a capacity of 50 MW,” he says, adding that he hopes to be ready for the announced auction system.

The Kovačica wind farm is a pioneering endeavor in our country and will soon be expanded, because obtaining permits for the Pupin project is in progress.

As Marko Liposcak explained, previous experiences have helped them in the process of obtaining permits, which shows them that there is progress, as well as that they are optimistic when it comes to the development of RES projects in Serbia.

“The new challenge right now is to put energy into the grid. It is important that projects are developed in cooperation with the local community, ”says Liposcak.

According to Aleksandar Jakovljević, Serbia’s transition to renewable energy sources is realistic and sustainable and clearly defines our path in the process of decarbonisation and transition. But that our solution must be specific, because coal will be a key factor in the coming period when it comes to Serbia’s energy security. Because we are currently using as much as 70 percent of coal in the production process, and it takes time to change that.

“Increasing renewable energy sources is necessary and necessary, a balance and a process must be created that could be sustainable for everyone,” says Jakovljevic.

Biomass and the restoration of degraded and neglected land on which food can be produced are topics that Bonnie Norman referred to. She pointed out that there are 1.6 million hectares of such land on the territory of Serbia, that there is a lot of it in Vojvodina and the Kolubara district, where they are working on one big project.

“We need to work on not destroying land and forests, the restoration of degraded land, as well as landfills, are a chance for new jobs, but also for improving air quality,” she pointed out.

The First Conference “RES Serbia 2021” were organized by the Renewable Energy Sources Association of Serbia in cooperation with the general partner European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), under the auspices of the Ministry of Mining and Energy.

Milica Radičević

Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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