The government of Albania has annouced plans for launching the first tender for the construction of utility scale on-shore wind power plants, which will make a major contribution to improve the country’s future energy supply and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The tender, expected to be launched early in 2021, will be the first in a planned series of investments in wind energy projects and was supported by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with additional financial grant support of EUR 650,000 provided by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
The EBRD has been a leading force in promoting renewable solar and wind power in Albania through a combination of policy engagement, technical assistance and investments. Earlier this year the Bank supported Albania’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy in launching tenders for the 140 MW Karavasta and the 100 MW Spitallë solar photovoltaic projects.
Prospective bidders can propose projects with a minimum capacity of 30 MW and a maximum capacity of 75 MW. Through this tender process, the ministry will select projects totalling 150 MW that will receive support measures.
The first wind power plants tender will diversify the country’s energy sources, increase its resilience to climate change and is expected to attract foreign investment.