EPCG will enable citizens to install solar panels on their infertile land


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State utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) plans to allow citizens to build solar power plants on their land, said Milutin Đukanović, chairman of the company’s board of directors.

Milutin Đukanović, newly elected president of EPCG’s board of directors, said his strategic goals must be to lower electricity bills and increase electricity production. He added that he would propose to review the policy of subsidies paid to electricity producers.

In the next four years, Montenegro could double its power generation capacity, which is now around 900 MW

Đukanović said the priority is to create a model that will allow all citizens to achieve significant benefits through special programs for individual power generation.

EPCG will prioritize the construction of solar power plants and allow citizens to take advantage of their barren land, he said in a speech on YouTube.

In the next four years, the total installed capacity for electricity generation from solar energy could reach 200 MW, while citizens have no additional costs, according to Đukanović.

Montenegro currently has very little installed capacity for the use of solar energy. However, construction of the 262 MW Briska Gora solar power plant is ongoing.

Đukanović will propose to the board the construction of HPP Komarnica, the wind farm Krnovo 2 and another unit in HPP Perućica

Đukanović said he would propose to the Board of Directors to start building the Komarnica hydropower plant (HPP) with a capacity of 170 MW, the Krnovo 2 wind farm with a capacity of 50 MW, as well as the construction of the eighth unit in HPP Perućica (54 MW ).

In a four-year period, EPCG could double the total installed capacity of all power plants, which is now 883 MW, Đukanović said.

If it is confirmed that everything has been done in accordance with the law, the company will proceed with the Briska Gora project, he said.

Closing TPP Pljevlja is not an option

He said it was necessary to complete the modernization of the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant (TPP) but also acknowledged that it needs to be done much sooner.

Due to an enormous delay, the functioning of the facility is at risk, but the reduction of harmful emissions and the rehabilitation of the landfill are projects for which there is no alternative, he stressed.

Đukanović said shutting down TPP Pljevlja was not an option and that the thermal power plant would be the most advanced in the region after its modernization.

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