IRENA- Energy Community Joint Workshop Cost-effective renewable energy in South East Europe

03 – 04 March 2016 |Vienna, Austria


As part of IRENA’s efforts to assess the technical potential for cost-effective renewable energy generation in South East Europe (SEE) by 2020 and beyond, a workshop was held in Vienna, Austria, 3-4 March 2016. The meeting gathered members of the Energy Community (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine) as well as the European Union (EU) member countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia).

With a view to identifying priority actions contributing to the achievement of the region’s renewable energy targets by 2020 and ensuring an adequate role for renewables in the 2030 and 2050 energy development strategies, the initiative assesses the potential to develop the full range of renewable energy technologies in the region. There is a focus on developing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, the costs of which have declined dramatically since the preparation of National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) of South East Europe. The initiative will also analyse barriers to achieving the region’s renewable energy potential and their solutions, including innovative financing mechanisms for renewable power systems. In this regard, the outcomes of the initiative are expected to provide a useful input to the prospective review process of the NREAPs.

For the summary report of the meeting, click here.

For the agenda of the meeting, click here.

 Presentation

 Speaker

Breakfast side-event: Energy in Vienna

Herbert Ritter, Vienna City

Progress in Promotion in Renewable Energy in the Energy Community

Gabriela Cretu, Energy Community Secretariat

REN21 UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report

Gianluca Sambucini, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Financing Wind projects in Montenegro   

Milica Dakovic, E3 Consulting Montenegro  

Barriers in Financing Renewable Energy Projects – an EBRD Perspective

Louis Borgo, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Policy and Regulatory Barriers to Renewable Energy Deployment in South East Europe

Andreas Tuerk, Joanneum Research

Renewables in Kosovo

Visar Azemi, KOSID

Case Study on Bulgaria: Solar PV Market Overview

Miroslav Toshkin, Bulgarian Photovoltaic Association

The True Costs of Solar PV

Michael Taylor, IRENA

Solar PV Uptake and Solar Thermal Programme in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Natasa Markovska, Research Centre for Energy and Sustainable Development, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Cost-effective Potential for Solar PV Generation in South East Europe

Dr. Andrej F. Gubina, University of Ljubljana

Net Metering: A Viable Approach for Decentralised Renewable Energy Sources in Croatia

Mislav Kirac, Green Energy Cooperative

Crowdfunding Solar PV in Portugal

Nuno Brito Jorge, Boa Energia

Renewable Energy Cooperatives in Europe

Mathieu Richard, Energy Coop

Innovative Financing and Business Models for Renewable Energy

Robert Pašičko, United Nations Development Programme

Energy Cooperatives in Croatia

Edo Jerkić, Zelena Energetska Zadruga