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Angjusev announces support for solar energy projects

Angjusev announces support for solar energy projects

Skopje, 13 September 2017 (MIA) - Deputy Prime Minister Koco Angjusev said that the Government will support adding new renewable sources of energy, with the building of photovoltaic systems whose production will be subsidized by the budget. Companies will be asked to compete, with the winning company being the one which asks for the lowest amount of subsidies, said Angjusev.

One of the projects which will be offered will be the construction of several photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 30 to 40 megawatts. "We will provide connection costs to all the plants", Angjusev said, adding that current technology costs are 40 percent lower than they were seven years ago, making this source of energy cost efficient. Angjusev said that using these renewable energies is important because Macedonia has limited coal and hydro potential and almost no other source of energy. Renewable sources, Angjusev added, are not competitive with the fossil fuels and should not be exposed to the market.

Newly appointed USAID representative to Macedonia David Atteberry said that a four year project allowed increasing renewable capacity from 10 megawatts in 2012 to 115 megawatts in 2015, and increasing production from 18 to 263 gigawatt hours. This, Atteberry said, helps reduce green house gas emissions and helps Macedonia meet its international obligations. The 2,3 million USD project, whose closing ceremony was held on Wednesday, was implemented by Winrock International and it was meant to improve increase investments in renewable energy and improve energy efficiency.cc/20:06

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