Government plans to have additional 1 GW in solar capacity by 2028 – Serbia, 17 July 2023

Serbian Government has adopted the decision on the selection of the strategic partner for the realization of the project of the construction, without management and maintenance, of self-balancing solar power plants of a high capacity with battery systems for the storage of electricity in Serbia. The plan is for the construction of solar power plants to be completed by 1 June 2028.

The solar power plants will have a total installed power of 1,000 MW with battery systems with a total installed power of at least 200 MW and a storage capacity of 400 MWh and be owned by statae-owned power utility EPS, which will also manage them.

According to the decision, in selecting the strategic partner, the regulations which regulate public procurement procedures and the regulations which regulate public-private partnerships are not implemented. The public call is carried out by implementing the principle of public bidding based on the collected bids, the principle of transparency and a ban on discrimination, the principle of environmental protection and the principle of efficiency.

Bidders may be local or foreign legal persons, as well as consortiums of local and/or foreign legal persons, and among other things, one of the criteria is experience in building at least 25,000 MW worth of electrical energy projects, as well as over 5,000 employees.

The bidder also has to have an annual turnover of financial funds in the past three years (2020, 2021 and 2022) of 5 billion dollars per year and to have successfully realized at least one agreement of the same or similar nature, based on which solar photovoltaic power plants with a total installed power of at least 300 MW were built.

It is also necessary for the bidder to submit a statement on accepting the obligation to complete the construction of the offered solar power plants by 1 June 2028, at the latest, which will be an integral part of the agreement with the selected strategic partner. That means that, in addition to building the solar power plants and the battery systems for the storage of electricity, the strategic partner will be obliged to carry out all the other necessary activities and to build all the remaining infrastructure.

In order to ensure the optimal evenness of the production of electricity, the total installed capacity needs to be distributed among five or more individual solar power plants.

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