_First photovoltaic park in Serbia
The southern Serbian city of Vranje has signed a preliminary agreement with the Euro Solar Park company for the potential development of a 150 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park. In the framework of the project, Euro Solar Park has established a strategic collaboration with a leading Chinese renewable energy developer, according to a press release issued by the Vranje Municipality.
Construction will reportedly be completed in several phases and the whole project will be implemented over a five year period. In the first phase, an up to 10 MW pilot project, located in Ranutovac across an area of 30 hectares, will be installed.
The company is said to be in the final stage of negotiations with Serbia’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, in order to realize the final Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the pilot project. Euro Solar Park intends to apply for a national tariff for an initial capacity of 10 MW, while the rest of the green energy totalling 150 MW, is expected be exported from Serbia and sold on the EU market.
On August 23, the Vranje municipality announced the signing of a cooperation agreement with an unnamed Chinese company. The local authorities will provide locations and construction permits, while the Chinese will invest €300 million to set up five solar parks - in Kriva Feja, Babina Poljana, Gornje Zapsko, Donje Zapsko and Meteris - and a solar panel production factory.
According to the assistant mayor of Vranje, Boban Stankovic, construction work on the photovoltaic project should commence in April 2012. He pointed out that the main factor which attracted foreign investors to Vranje was that this area has a total of 276 sunny days during the year.
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The Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted Strategic determinants for green economic development – 'Green Development of Croatia’. It is a strategic document which will serve as a basis for the development of concrete intersectoral activities as a foundation for green economic development in the Republic of Croatia. The initiative for Green Development of Croatia envisages gradual transformation and the new focus of development policy, investment and consumption in specific sectors, such as cleaner technologies, energy efficiency, green building, renewable energy, green transport, water management, waste management, sustainable agriculture and forestry, and sustainable tourism.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction has developed the Strategic determinants in accordance with the measure 'Promotion of investment projects with an emphasis on environmental protection (green technology)' within the Plan of implementation activities of the Economic Recovery Programme with the aim of directing the development of the state towards 'green economy', which implies a restructuring of the business sector and infrastructure towards natural, human and capital capacities and needs, concurrently with the efficient energy use, greenhouse gas emission reduction, efficient use of natural resources, generation of less waste and reduction of social inequalities.