The largest wind farm in the Western Balkans, Cibuk 1, has officially opened in Mramorak near Kovin. The investment is worth EUR 300 million, and the wind farm will supply 113,000 households with electricity and prevent the emission of more than 370,000 tons of carbon-dioxide a year.
The Cibuk 1 wind farm has 57 wind turbines and an installed power of 158 MW.
This project contributes to the stability and the supply of electricity and has enabled Serbia to produce 27% of its energy needs from RES by 2020, thereby also helping reduce the use of coal in the production of electricity.
This is the seventh wind farm in Serbia and the largest one in the Western Balkans. The construction ended this April.
Companies Vetroelektrane Balkana and Masdar from Abu Dhabi are behind this project, and the investment was supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
The wind farm near Kovin is on the list of preferred producers of electricity to which financing is approved within the feed-in tariff system.
– With its annual production of 430 GWh, it will contribute nearly 1.5% of our annual production of electricity, thereby considerably improving the general energy security of supply in Serbia – said Energy and Mining Minister Aleksandar Antic.
This wind farm will produce enough energy to supply a town the size of Novi Sad.
– The project is also important from the aspect of environmental protection, out obligations as a member of the Energy Community, but also as an example to other investors, showing that Serbia is a good place for investments, especially when it comes to modern technologies – said Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic in a press release, as reported by Tanjug.