Albania grants first two FITs licenses for PV projects up to 2 MW

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The Albanian energy regulator, ERE has approved the first two FIT licenses for two solar projects being developed under the frame of the support scheme for PV projects with a capacity of up to 2 MW, and wind power projects not larger than 3 MW.

According to the authority, the contracts were assigned to the projects owned by AGE Sunpower sh.p.k. and Seman Sunpower sh.p.k., respectively. The projects are not among those that pv magazine was able to track down over the past months, as reported in our previous articles on the matter, the last of which indicated that at least 10 projects were submitted for FIT approval.

Developers that will be awarded a FIT license in 2017 will be entitled to receive a regulated tariff €100 per MWh. It is still unclear, however, under which criteria the Albanian Ministry of Energy and Industry (MEI) is approving the projects, and what the FIT contract’s duration is.

Currently, the Albanian government is enabling small and medium hydropower projects to sell power at the regulated tariff to the Albanian public power utility, OSSH under 15-year contracts.

The MEI is also supporting large-scale solar via an auction it is currently planning with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Under the auction, between 50 MW and 100 MW of solar power are expected to be allocated.