On April 14th, 2021 the first big solar energy conference was held in Belgrade with 30 leading experts in solar energy and representatives of investors, institutions, the financial sector and industry from Serbia and abroad. The topic in the spotlight was a new set of energy laws to increase the use of solar energy in Serbia. The conference was opened by Zorana Mihajlović, Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Mining and Energy Minister, and Janez Kopač, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat.
For a long time, the high solar potential of Serbia, which has one of the highest solar irradiations in Europe, was neglected. But experts agree now that the country will see a solar boom in the next 5 to 10 years. The growing solar industry will create new green jobs and will act as one of the main drivers of the Serbian economy, while recovering from the impacts of COVID 19. The European Green Deal provides the country with an opportunity to transform and decarbonize its energy sector and the economy as a whole and steer them towards sustainable, competitive, and climate-neutral growth.
Part of the 2nd panel discussion, organized in collaboration with the EBRD’s Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans (ReDEWeB) Fund, and the Government of Austria, is SOLID’s Head of Sales Hrvoje Milosevic. He has presented BigSolar studies for the cities of Novi Sad and Pančevo together with the technical project directors of each city. The participants have further discussed how solar-thermal technology can contribute to the decarbonization of district energy systems and have talked about the state’s support to heating plants in the process of transition from coal and mazut to solar thermal complementary technologies.
Zsuzsanna Hargitai, Regional Director for the Western Balkans at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, underscored that the international financial institution “lost count” of those interested in investing in photovoltaics and solar thermal systems for district heating in Serbia. EBRD is ready to support such projects including the residential sector and to increase available funds, she said.