FIRST WIND PARK IN SOUTH BANAT TO BE OFFICIALLY PUT INTO OPERATION
Vršac, 03 October 2016 – The company MK Fintel Wind has officially launched La Piccolina wind farm in Zagajica near Vršac today, which is also the second facility of this kind that the company has built and the first in South Banat.
It is a plant with the total installed capacity of 6.6 MW and in which construction more than 10 million eur have been invested. The trial work of the wind farm "La Piccolina" began in mid-July this year when 1.5 million kWh (kilowatt) of electricity flowed towards Vršac.
The Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antić, in the presence of officials and investors has cut off the ribbon and officially put into operation the first wind farm in this part of Serbia. The host of the meeting, Executive Director of Fintel Energia Spa and MK Fintel Wind, Tiziano Giovannetti, has expressed his satisfaction that this company has confirmed its commitment to environmental protection and strategic commitment to development in our Serbian market.
"For all of this, you needed extremely good shape and persistance. The first measurements of wind in this area started back in 2009, when the development of the project has begun. It was then a pioneering undertaking and today we are all witnessing the commissioning of the second-in-line wind farm, which already delivers clean energy to thousands of local families with zero pollution. Yes, the wind energy does not only mean clean and sustainable energy, but also jobs and benefits for the entire local community. After La Piccolina, as we called it for a reason, thanks to the efforts of the government that approved a sustainable incentive program through a new contract on electricity purchase, the construction of a large wind farm is also near Vršac, which will open new jobs at the local level at least in the next 2 years« added Mr. Giovannetti.
The total expected annual production is around 20 GWh (twenty gigawatsats). This is enough energy for about 5500 households. The energy that is completely clean and whose production does not pollute the environment and uses only the wind. From the very beginning, the project was accompanied by a large number of Serbian companies, institutes, faculties, design houses and state institutions, while with the help of UniCredit Bank in charge for financing a part of the project, the work on the wind farm operation will be started in October 2015.
At the end of last year, MK Fintel Wind opened the wind farm Kula, which is also the first wind farm in Serbia with total installed capacity of 9.9 MW and is currently working on the development of the Košava wind farm project, which will be located in near Vršac with a total installed power of 117 MW , where about EUR 50 million will be invested in the first phase. In addition to increasing the total energy capacity in Banat, Vojvodina and the Danube region, the company plans to implement and build more wind farms in the future in order to raise its own resources as well as the local economy.
By building the first wind farm in Serbia, this company has made its contribution to increasing the share of renewable energy in the final consumption of electricity and by launching La Piccolina, the company MK-Fintel Wind is even more contributes to our country's progress towards achieving the target of 27% of the share of RES in the gross final energy consumption by the end of 2020.