Bosnia and Herzegovina, RS adopted a new Law on Renewable Energy Sources

, SEE Energy News

The Assembly of the Republic of Srpska (RS) adopted a new Law on Renewable Energy Sources, which introduces auctions for the construction of RES facilities, as well as categories of prosumers and renewable energy communities that will enable citizens and companies to produce green energy for their own consumption.

RS Minister of Energy and Mining Petar Djokic said that the goal of the new Law on Renewable Energy Sources is to increase the use of renewable energy sources, to facilitate the construction of new RES capacities and to increase the share of green energy in total electricity production.

The current system of subsidies, which included feed-in tariffs or guaranteed purchase prices, was retained for small hydropower plants (SHPP), land- based solar power plants and wind farms with an installed capacity of up to 150 kW, as well as for land-based solar power plants, biomass and biogas plants with installed capacity of up to 500 kW.

All power plants with higher output, except hydropower plants with a power of more than 150 kW, will receive subsidies at auctions for the award of premiums. This refers to RES facilities with a power output of up to 50 MW. SHPPs with installed capacity of more than 150 kW are not entitled to state aid.

Only companies that have location and environmental permits can apply for auctions for premiums. In case the projected installed capacity is larger than 50 MW, it is possible to apply only for a part of the installed capacity of the future power plant.