Solar energy needs state support in BiH

Solar energy needs state support in BiH

Sarajevo, March 16, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

Owners of newly built private facilities in BiH are reluctant to set up solar panels on the roofs, in order to decrease amount of their bills for electric power. However, this way of heating water and producing electricity for households, in the advanced countries of Western Europe, is far ahead of BiH.

But solar energy finds its way to the consumer because of the advantages and multiple possibilities for a large scale of options. According to experts in this area, BiH lacks support of state authorities to those who decide to use this type of energy.

“Currently only a few foreign organizations, such as USAID, provide favorable funds but there is no other projects. There are individual donations for some facilities but there is nothing for citizens”, said to IBNA, Vahidin Fazlić from the company Solar Technician, in the city of Srebrenik.

These benefits are, according to him, necessary to promote installation of solar systems on private buildings. The price of solar system in BiH is still relatively high and therefore it is not possible to talk about the widespread use of solar energy in state.

“From our experience, we see that people with higher incomes are bigger supporters of installation of  these panels because they do not look only on economic calculation but also on environmental awareness. As long as the state does not cover part of the cost, as well as in Croatia and other countries, BiH citizens will hardly be able to expect that this form of exploitation of renewable energy resources be significantly represented in our country”, he said.

As regards the natural conditions for the exploitation of solar energy in BiH there are especially good in Herzegovina, where several solar power plants in private hands already produce and sale of electricity to public companies. A large number of houses in the Scandinavian countries and in Germany took advantage of solar energy in some way, whether for the production of heating water or produce electricity, and natural conditions are far below these in BiH. However, this leads to the fact that in these countries the state allocated significant funds for subsidies while in BiH it is not the case.

The fair GRAMES, in Banja Luka, gathered many of companies which are working in construction business, but a small number of exhibitors who are engaged in manufacturing and installing solar panels for various purposes. It can be a good sign about the interest in the exploitation of this type of energy in BiH.