The use of clean energy becomes a condition for doing business in the global market
Setting up photovoltaic systems pays off for everyone – from households to large energy consumers in the industrial sector, experts and businessmen said at the first major solar energy conference in Serbia. Participants at a panel discussion titled “Solar Power for Industry – Cut Costs, Green Your Business!” pointed out that by building their own solar power plants, companies protect themselves from increases in electricity prices. In addition, partners in developed countries increasingly insist on doing business with companies that use clean energy.
The share of energy in product prices and business spending has a growing trend, and factory owners can partially or almost completely avoid turbulence in the electricity market by installing a solar power plant on the roof of their facility, director of Energize Vladimir Popović said. Speaking at the first major solar energy conference in Serbia, he stressed that such an investment is socially responsible and allows repositioning towards buyers.
Everyone must do their utmost in efforts to mitigate climate change and align Serbia with the provisions of the Paris Agreement, he said at a roundtable titled “Solar energy for industry – reduce costs, green your business! In addition, a clean energy source protects a company from future charges for carbon dioxide emissions and makes it more competitive in the global market, Popović stressed.
“Serbia has the least solar energy per capita in Europe. We have a very small share in the total renewable energy production capacity, ”he said and said the technology had become profitable for everyone, from households to small consumers to industrial production.
Popović added that a solar power plant is not an investment: “A solar power plant is something that you have already paid for over the next five years, through your electricity bill. With the possibilities offered by high quality funds, the investment can pay off. “
Importance of presence in the internal market
Head of Business Development Nino Sijerić from Luxor solar pointed out that companies look at all the elements of a solar power project that could make it more or less profitable, but the presence of the producer in the domestic market is also an important element.
“Is the brand or solar panel recognizable locally? Does he have references? Can I go to Pazova, Niš, Subotica to a user to see how it really works? Are they satisfied and, finally, what does the production process look like? Sijerić stressed. He added that solar panels accounted for 60% of the expense.
Partners pay attention to energy sources
Al Pack of Subotica is currently building a solar power plant on the roof of its factory and it will be the largest installation of its kind in Serbia, with 1.1 MW. Co-owner Nemanja Mikać said the company sells most of its products in the European Union and pointed out that businessmen ask him about the source of energy used by the company. Al Pack entered the electricity storage business this year and the question is even more relevant in the segment, as potential partners seek guarantees that the energy is 100% renewable, he revealed.
This is becoming a condition with the growing awareness of electric mobility and energy storage, and standards will be launched and developed in the region, just like ISO earlier, Mikać said.
“Companies are slowly starting to shape sourcing and even rank suppliers based on the amount of CO2 they emit… It’s a new parameter that’s slowly emerging. It’s still not in the claims, but it’s coming back in the discussions, and people mention it in their marketing materials, and soon it will become a condition, ”he said.
Decentralization is a dream come true for electricity distributors, transport operators
The Renewable Energy Sources Bill introduces the category of prosumers, literally buyers-producers. A few of them have been around for a few years already, but now the category is gaining certainty and some elements have been dealt with in precise terms, according to Professor Aleksandar Janjić from the Faculty of Electronic Engineering at the University of Niš. The buyer-producer is not eligible for a market premium, which is normal, because the objective is to allow them to meet only their own needs, he added and stressed that the law is adopted. just at the right time for households and small consumers.
Predrag Matić, responsible for planning and investments at Serbian distribution network operator Elektrodistribucija Srbije, explained that decentralization is a dream come true for every company involved in distribution and transport, as its expenses are lower when the electricity is produced and consumed in the same place. However, when a large generator appears in a sparsely populated area, connecting the source could be a problem and, on top of that, its electricity has to be transported to other hubs in the distribution system, with losses and loss. drop in blood pressure, he noted.
Incentives make all the difference
Banks are essential for the massive deployment of solar energy and for channeling funds from large financiers like international development and financial institutions to users, said Aleksandar Ranđelović, financial consultant for small and medium enterprises. He praised the incentive policies and claimed that grants of 10% or 20% of the investment can make a big difference in the expansion of technology.
According to Ranđelović, because a solar power plant can be paid off in seven years, a bank does not need to draw on long-term lines of credit, which have less favorable terms. The European Banking Authority recently proposed that all lenders introduce in their reporting a ratio of green assets, a measure of the share of the green portfolio in the total assets, he noted and added that banks are abandoning the coal and fossil fuel projects and that the effects would be felt here. soon.
The adviser to the president of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Miroslav Lutovac, stressed that the renewable energy bill recognizes market players who are not professionals and are not fully familiar with the issue. Citizens and industry can profit even if they do not know in detail the rules of the electricity market, he said.
Companies ensure long-term stability of their activities by building a solar installation, Lutovac said. “You will buy electricity by paying up front, but you will buy electricity for a period of more than twenty years and at the same time, you will pay 30% of the real price over the long term”, a- he estimated.