Renewable energy: MK Fintel Wind’s experience in Serbia

In October this year, MK Fintel Wind opened the first wind park in southern Banat, in Zagajica near Vrsac to be more precise. The company plans to build another one in Vrsac, in addition to energy generating plants in Veliko Gradiste. We spoke to the CEO of Fintel Energia SpA and MK Fintel, Tizziano Giovannetti about these plans, Serbia’s suitability for such projects and the overall environment for investing in renewable energy resources.

You have recently opened the first wind park in South Banat County. What does La Piccolina mean for the citizens of this part of Serbia and how many of them will, thanks to this project, get electricity?

– After we had opened the first wind park in Serbia, in Kula, the company continued to expand green energy facilities last year. In the beginning of October, in the village of Zagajica, near Vrsac, we officially initiated the power generators. The total expected output, and bear in mind that this electricity is completely clean, will be about 20 gigawatts annually, which is enough energy for about 5,500 citizens of Vrsac and the households from the surrounding villages. However, the entire Serbian energy sector stands to benefit from this facility.

How much money was invested in the project and what is the total expected production on a yearly basis?

– Over the years, MK Fintel Wind has invested huge funds in the project, namely on recruiting people, purchasing land, permit fees, preparation of technical documentation and other steps that were necessary to launch the project. All end beneficiary of this money was the Serbian economy. Furthermore, we invested 10 million EUR in constructing the wind park.

What was the cooperation between Italian and Serbian companies on this project like? What kind of experiences did they exchange? 

-I would like to commend all of the local companies and workers who were engaged in the construction, and who shared their extensive experience gained during the construction of the first wind park generously and now during the construction of Mala (La Piccolina). This not only expedited and facilitated the entire process, but it also brought us quality collaborators. We have expanded their know-how and skills in various fields with the goal of having these type of projects managed independently from our own resources in the future.

(eKapija, 23.11.2016)

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