“TURN TO GREEN” – E2 Portal

Zoran Lakićević, State Secretary at the Ministry of Mining and Energy, announced awareness-raising activities under the slogan “Turn green”. He stated that the interest of citizens in replacing doors and windows is great. This is significant because Serbia currently consumes about 40 percent more energy than the EU average, which is equivalent to the annual production of a thermal power plant. He announced the continuation of that program, but also a new one, from January, the installation of solar panels on houses.

The Ministry of Mining and Energy has launched the National Program for Reducing Energy Losses in Households, in which the state and local governments finance 50 percent of the funds for the purchase and replacement of windows and doors, thermal insulation and replacement of boilers. The other 50 percent is provided by citizens. The works have been completed on about 300 buildings, and by the end of this year and the beginning of next year, they will be finished in all 5,000 buildings, as many as contracts have been signed in 67 municipalities with citizens, ie households.

He explained that the reduction of energy consumption first brings the targets a 30 to 40 percent reduction in heating bills, and the concentration of air pollution is reduced by replacing boilers and switching from coal to another energy source, such as gas or pellets.

The Ministry is making a new public call for citizens at the beginning of January, when more local governments, more than 5,000 citizens, will be able to apply, because there will be more funds within the extension of the existing program. Funds will be provided from the budget and international financial institutions.

Installation of solar panels with a state donation

In early November, contracts were signed with 37 municipalities for a public call for the installation of solar panels on houses. The installation of the panel will be financed with 50 percent by the Government and local self-government, and the remaining 50 percent will be provided only by the household.

He added that there are funds for about 500 to 600 houses in Serbia, and the program is designed as a trial, where two public calls will be made.

“The next step is for the municipalities to publish public invitations for the companies that will install those panels.” Some municipalities have already done that, and companies that are interested can find links on the Ministry’s website where they can apply. Companies apply for those calls, and then the local self-governments form a list from which the citizens will choose the company that will do it for them. Citizens will be able to apply when the competition for companies ends. A ranking list will have to be made, “Lakicevic explained.

“For an average household, that installation would cost around 4,000 or 5,000 euros, and that is not cheap at the beginning, but it gives great benefits later, because you practically don’t pay for electricity anymore because you get it from the sun,” Lakicevic said.

Turn green

The Ministry of Mining and Energy, with the support of the EU, is starting to carry out awareness-raising activities under the slogan “Turn green”.

“We have programs with the EU for reducing energy consumption that are efficient in public buildings, hospitals, schools, kindergartens. And all this is co-financed by the EU. “When combined with those funds, the financing will be far more favorable for everyone,” Lakicevic said.

He also pointed out that the Law on Energy Efficiency was made in accordance with the latest EU directives and that in that way it brings Serbia closer to that standard, but that one or two public invitations are not enough for that, but many years of work.

It is estimated that in the next five years, every year we should provide 700 million euros only for energy efficiency measures with households, and where there are the installation of solar panels and additional energy sources. Large funds are needed for that, however, we have many interested international financial institutions, we have the management for financing those measures “, concluded Zoran Lakićević.

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