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The energy potential of low water flow streams suitable for constructed of small hydro power plants (SHPP), amounts to 0.4 million toe or 3% of total renewable energy potential in Serbia.

By using the total energy potential of SHPP, it is possible meet 4.7 % of total power production in the Republic of Serbia (34 400 GWh/year in 2006) and around 15% of the current power production in hydro power plants (10 900 GWh/year).

By fully utilizing the energy potential of small hydro power plants, it is possible to produce around 4.7% of the total electrictricity in the Republic of Serbia (34.400 GWh per annum achieved in 2006) and around 15% of the current electricity  generation produced in hydro-electric power stations (10.900 GWh per annum).

The energy potential of streams and localities for the construction of SHPP are determined in the document “Cadastre of small hydro power plants on the territory of the SR Serbia out of the territory of Autonomous Provinces of Serbia dating from 1987. This document (hereafter: SHPP Cadastre), was created by „Energoprojekt – Hidroinženjering” and the Institute „Jaroslav Černi” for the PE Joint Power Industry (JP Združene elektroprivrede). The energy potential of the water flows and localities are also defined by the cadastre of small hydro power plants in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. This cadastre considers 13 hydro power plants („Hidroinvest” DTD, 1989).

Construction on locations outside the cadastre is also possible with the consent of the Ministry of Mining and Energy and other competent ministries and institutions. The consent is given with reference to maximum utilization of the available energy potential of the given stream. For the existing multi-purpose reservoirs, hydro power indicators for the construction of small hydro power plants, which also define the maximum capacity of the facility, are set by PWE (JVP)”Srbijavode”, Belgrade, i.e. for the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, by PWE (JVP) „Vode Vojvodine” Novi Sad.

Cadastre of Small Hydro Power Plants in Serbia – serbian only – (you can see the cadastre sheets of localities for the construction of small hydro power plants here. The sheets include precise data on each locality)

Should any of the locations envisaged in the cadastre, owing to changes in hydro-geological conditions, already constructed buildings or other significant changes which came about occupying and using the area, render impossible  the construction of a SHPP or the expected power falls short of the values anticipated in the cadastre, the construction of the SHPP, with the approval of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, can be allowed in a different, or more than one location on the same watercourse, which would allow the maximum utilization of the available energy potential.

The municipalities with the biggest potential for the construction of small hydro power plants

For detail information about the locations visit Gov site http://mhe.mre.gov.rs/

Number of localities for SHPP construction Estimated capacity  (kW) Possible production  (MWh) Municipality
64 34,300 121,203 Ivanjica
35 33,284 109,692 Raška
40 25,925 94,026 Pirot
40 23,458 78,394 Kraljevo
47 18,800 73,971 Prijepolje
9 17,576 60,210 Zaječar
22 17,045 72,212 Crna Trava
20 15,825 55,100 Novi Pazar
8 15,690 58,850 Bela Palanka
8 11,216 25,850 Despotovac
30 10,974 45,391 Brus
19 10,706 30,180 Knjaževac
32 10,185 38,438 Vranje
22 10,141 38,985 Kuršumlija
16 9,875 35,318 Priboj
30 9,800 36,099 Trgovište
13 9,785 30,937 Valjevo
10 9,305 27,419 Tutin
16 8,945 24,380 Žagubica
17 8,675 34,553 Bosilegrad
19 8,625 32,877 Čajetina
17 8,320 29,720 Leskovac
21 8,310 36,832 Nova Varoš
27 8,170 32,543 Surdulica
13 7,990 28,262 Vlasotince
19 7,640 27,395 Bajina Bašta
12 7,070 27,500 Niš
8 6,740 20,050 Boljevac
12 5,346 17,928 Užice
15 5,325 19,862 Ljubovija
7 4,730 10,230 Negotin
11 4,690 16,578 Vladičin Han
6 4,655 20,283 Arilje
14 4,515 19,459 Babušnica
1 3,000 13,700 Novi Sad
1 850 4,700 Vrbas
1 620 2,270 Bečej 
1 1,220 8,190 Bela Crkva