The Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry has received two more proposals for PV projects with a capacity of up to 2 MW. The projects, which will likely compete in the country’s solar energy auction that was announced by the government in May, will add to 11 similar proposals for PV and hydropower projects of up to 2 MW that have been filed to date by the ministry.
A first project was submitted by the local company Inside Computer System Sh.P.K. The plant is planned to be located in a former industrial complex near Elbasan district, central Albania. The project’s required investment is estimated at €2.3 million. A second project under review is a 2 MW solar facility planned by Wonderland Sh.P. in Grabnja, in the Lushnjë district, also in central Albania. This project, however, is expected to be much cheaper than the first one, as its estimated cost is, according to the ministry’s document, only €1 million.
In mid-July, the ministry had accepted a similar proposal from Albanian company In Food Sh.P.K. for a project planned for the municipality of Gomsiqja, in the Shkodër County, northern Albania. On top of this, the government is currently examining another 10 similar proposals for PV and hydropower projects of up to 2 MW. These projects will be fast-tracked in order to ensure that this new installed capacity may be operational starting next year.
The country’s minister of energy Entela Cipa recently stated solar projects selected in the upcoming auction are expected to reach an installed power capacity between 30 MW and 50 MW.
Although the date of the auction is still unknown, the government is currently being assisted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in setting up the tender rules.