The Macedonian government increased the size limit for PV installations under net metering, launched a €1 million rebate scheme, and is now planning to eliminate all grid fees for prosumers.
The two projects are both located in eastern North Macedonia and are expected to require an overall investment of €116 million.
With pressure mounting on the world’s governments to turn their back on the fossil fuel, China and peers in South East Asia, Europe and South Asia could help deliver a coal-free future at the COP26 climate summit planned in Glasgow in November.
The North Macedonian government wants to award a 15-year PPA through the procurement exercise. Selected developers will be granted a feed-in premium tariff paid on top of the electricity price.
Land scarcity and renewables prices have been long considered significant hurdles for renewable developments in the hilly Balkans. Still, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) sees solid opportunities in floating PV on public dams, PV modules on rooftops, and renewables projects in landfills and disused coal mines.
Solarpro Holding has won a tender launched in late 2019 by North Macedonian utility Elektrani na Severna Makedonija. It will build a 50 MW solar plant and will sell power on the spot market or via private PPAs.
State-owned Elektrani na Severna Makedonija will begin construction on a 10 MW solar plant at its redundant coal plant in Oslomej after signing the engineering, procurement and construction deal with a Turkish contractor. The utility is planning to tender a 10 MW extension of the plant and two more 50 MW solar facilities.
State-owned power company Elektrani na Severna Makedonija, which is developing a 10 MW solar project at its coal plant in Oslomej, is planning to stop seeking a coal alternative to its depleted lignite mine and to instead expand the solar scheme to fully replace an ageing 125 MW thermal plant.
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