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Serbia’s government to co-finance PV households installations in 37 cities

Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mining and Energy, Zorana Mihajlovic handed over the agreements on co-financing the program of installing solar panels for households to the mayors and presidents of 37 cities and municipalities.

She said the goals of giving incentives for the installation of solar panels are to reduce energy consumption at the national level, lower household bills and a healthier environment.

“With this project of installing solar panels and replacing carpentry, we have started the biggest process which means healthier, more sustainable and green energy and Serbia,” she said. “That will completely change the image of Serbia in the coming years. There are a total of 37 local governments that have created the conditions for the joint implementation of this project and have shown awareness that we need to change some things. There is no reason not to use the huge number of sunny days in our country and enable all citizens of Serbia to install solar panels. We will continue to subsidise the installation of solar panels and the replacement of carpentry in the coming years, and the goal is for all households in Serbia to get that opportunity.”

Indeed, raising energy efficiency and installing solar panels will contribute to national goals of reducing energy consumption and preserving environmental health.

“Only together can we reach the results and the goal and that is the reduction of consumption by at least 30 per cent, and that will mean lower bills for households by also 30 per cent,” she recalled. “For Serbia at the national level, that means 3,300 tons less carbon dioxide per year. That also means that we will maintain energy stability in the years to come.”

Mihajlovic pointed out that previously it took more than a year to wait for the installation of solar panels, that it was necessary to collect a large number of permits and documents, and that the procedure is now maximally simplified and that practically one step is needed.

Predrag Matic, director of the Investment Directorate of EDS, said that distribution system operator Elektrodistribucija Srbije is ready to implement the project.

“I hope that as many consumers as possible will decide to acquire the status of a buyer-producer,” he said. “We are completely ready for this challenge, the procedure has been simplified and all conditions are publicly available.”

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