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Moldova has at least 11 areas with unused wind energy potential, which would allow increasing share of green energy up to 30%

11:39 | 24.10.2023 Category: Economic

Chisinau, Oct. 24 /MOLDPRES/- In the Republic of Moldova there are at least 11 areas with untapped wind energy potential, which would allow the share of green energy produced in the country to increase to 30% by 2030, according to the preliminary data of a study carried out by USAID Moldova Energy Security project, which was presented to the Ministry of Energy.

The results are to be used to organize by the end of the year the first tenders by the government in the case of large wind farms.

According to the authors of the research, 34 areas with wind energy potential were studied, excluding the traditional routes of migratory birds along the Dniester and Prut Rivers, forested areas, in order not to harm the environment, as well as residential areas. In addition, existing radars and international airports were taken into account.

The study took into account the existing infrastructure, the distance to the nearest power station, the capacity of the lines, the nearest access roads. After a first screening, 11 areas with high potential to develop wind farms resulted. In the case of three areas, the Moldova Energy Security project will extend the research, with on-site visits, to make measurements and study the relief. Other components analyzed will be physical network capabilities and financial calculations.

Minister of Energy Victor Parlicov said that in parallel a mechanism is being prepared through which potential investors who obtain the capacity reservation and connection notices to complete the started projects, but not to keep the capacity blocked for years, in order to later sell these documents on a secondary market. 

The study aimed to finally obtain optimal electricity prices and more efficient installations, covering dozens of hectares. The authors of the study also took into account the decarbonization targets assumed by the Republic of Moldova, concluding that it is realistic that by 2030 wind farms with an installed power of about 600 MW will be built. USAID experts will also provide support to Moldelectrica to find solutions on the technical components and better use the potential.


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