MESIHOVINA, Bosnia (Reuters) – Bosnia’s maiden wind farm started producing electrical energy on Wednesday as a part of the nation’s efforts to chop greenhouse fuel emissions and meet the renewable power requirements of the European Union it aspires to hitch.
The 50.6 megawatt (MW) Mesihovina wind energy plant, positioned close to the northwestern city of Tomislavgrad, consists of 22 generators and may produce 165.2 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy a yr, or sufficient to provide 27,500 households.
The generators are set in rocky-mountainous terrain ascending the Duvanjsko area.
The challenge was commissioned by majority state-run energy utility Elektroprivreda HZHB (EHZHB), the smallest of the three energy utilities working within the Balkan nation, and took 13 years to finish.
Bosnia generates 60 % of its electrical energy from coal-fired energy vegetation and the rest from hydro-power. It plans to extend the share of renewable power to 43 % by 2020.
“We hope that this challenge, which has a protected future on the power market, will encourage new funding in renewable sources,” the utility’s Common Supervisor Marinko Gilja mentioned at a gap ceremony.
Elektroprivreda HZHB, which itself operates seven hydro-power vegetation with a mixed capability of 860 MW, depends on imports to cowl demand in more and more dry climate situations. The brand new capability will enhance its output by 10 %.
EHZHB’s revenue dropped 90 % final yr as a protracted drought and hovering temperatures lowered water ranges throughout the Western Balkans, hitting hydro-power output and driving demand and spot energy costs sharply greater.
The challenge, constructed at a complete value of 82 million euros($101.four million), was financed primarily via a mortgage supplied by German state-owned improvement financial institution KfW whereas Germany’s Siemens equipped the generators.
A number of builders are searching for so as to add round 500 MW in wind capability in Bosnia over the approaching years however solely 4 have been issued permits to date.
As a result of regular winds from the Adriatic and Western Balkan mountains, power consultants anticipate the newly put in wind capability within the area might attain 6.1 GW inside 5 years.
Reporting by Maja Zuvela; Enhancing by Daria Sito-Sucic and Elaine Hardcastle