Serbia has significant technical potential for renewable energy sources (RES), which is estimated at over 5.6 Mtoe/year. One of the most available renewable potential is small watercourses for Small Hydro Power Plants (SHPP) up to 10 MW. Even though there is a significant interest for investment in small hydro potential, the number of built SHPPs is small.
With the aim to meet EU standards, the Government of Serbia adopted the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP) and set national goal for RES Share of 27% by 2020.
In order to reach the set goal, it is necessary to develop the new Cadastre of SHPP that will contribute to the implementation of Serbian Energy Sector Development Strategy in the renewable sector by facilitating investments in SHPP to enable construction of around 180 MW of new installed capacity from SHPP until 2020. This capacity represents about 17% of overall planned capacity. In terms of energy generation, that means that SHPPs will produce about 6% of overall planned electricity from renewable sources in 2020.
To support the current situation and expressed need for enhancing RES potential in Serbia, the EC endorsed the IPA Project “Cadastre for Small Hydro Power Plants” (SHPP). The project has started on 1st December 2016 and the implementation period is set to two years. The main goal is to provide help in Reforming energy policy of the Republic of Serbia by meeting EU Acquis through increased use of renewable energy, in such a manner as to stimulate economic development of the country (production of equipment and technologies for green energy).
In order to achieve that, expected project results are set out below:
- Updated Small Hydro Power Cadastre in electronic format (including web page, with real data from the field and new locations entries)
- Trained staff and improved awareness on the new Cadastre for Small Hydro Power Plants