Slovenia’s Rudis opens first solar power plant in Kosovo

By bne IntelliNews October 22, 2015

Slovenian engineering company Rudis has inaugurated a solar power plant in Kosovo, the first such project in the country, the Kosovan ministry for economic development announced. The capacity is 102 kV.

Kosovo faces an urgent need to rehabilitate its energy system, which relies on outdated thermal power plants, which have caused frequent interruptions of the power supply lately. The new project is expected to attract other foreign investors from the renewable energy sector.

The plant, located in Gjurgjevik, in the northern municipality of Klina, was built in cooperation with Kosovan power supply company KEDS.

The ministry will support such projects and will facilitate procedures for awarding needed permits, the minister for economic development Blerand Stavileci, who attended the ceremony, said in a statement. Stavileci pointed out that the renewable energy targets for Kosovo are for alternative energy to account for 25% of total energy production by 2025, and 9% by 2018.

“We expect more generation, but it depends on weather conditions,” Rudis’ project director Dejan Bash said in a statement.

The solar plant's capacity will be expanded to 260 kV in the second stage, for which the company has already obtained preliminary authorisation from Kosovo's energy regulator.

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