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The engineers of the Ceefor company, in cooperation with the company GOPA – International Energy Consultants (Intec), participated in the organization of a study trip to Germany as part of the project Promotion of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in Serbia, which is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the Ministry of Mining and Energy of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, and as part of the program of German development cooperation in Serbia.

The project aims to encourage the use of renewable energy sources (RES) in Serbia, representing its great potential to produce electricity and heat and contribute to the green energy transition. The attention is primarily focused on prosumers, that is, solar power plants in households, residential communities, and public and private buildings for supplying their consumption, which deliver surpluses back to the grid. Through cooperation with relevant institutions and organizations, the implementation of the project is carried out by raising awareness of the advantages of solar energy, then by improving the legal and technical framework for the use of RES, as well as strengthening the capacities of relevant target groups, which include representatives of institutions in the field of energy policy, experts from the power industry system, energy managers, the education system, teachers and professors, as well as the civil sector and the media.


The participants of the study visit were representatives of the Ministry of Mining and Energy, the Energy Agency of the Republic of Serbia, Elektrodistribucija, Elektroprivreda Srbije, energy cooperative Elektropionir, as well as energy managers from five local governments and respected representatives of secondary technical schools and universities.

Ceefor company engineers had the opportunity to participate in lectures and exchange experiences with colleagues from Serbia and Germany as co-organizers of the study trip.

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Ceefor engineers have many years of experience in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, and this was an opportunity to widen their horizons further.

On the first day, through a presentation, they presented the possibility of acquiring the status of prosumers and their position in Serbia, talking about the regulatory framework and procedures, types of contracts and account clarifications, then about return on investment and profitability for different types of prosumers. They also talked about prosumers in the countries of the European Union and the applicability of examples of good practice in Serbia. The first day was concluded with a discussion about the procedures for connecting to the network and obtaining the status of prosumer in Serbia, as well as about the possibility of simplifying the procedure based on a comparison with the practice in the countries of the European Union.

On the second day, our engineers had the opportunity to listen to lectures by German experts in the field of RES, who spoke about the special conditions for renewable energy sources, and then the compliance and certification process. They also discussed innovations in the field of checking the process of connecting to the network, automating the processing of requests, and future network management and monitoring.

The third day was reserved for a visit to the production facilities of the SMA company, where the entire portfolio was presented to them, from the first inverter to today’s solutions that contain all the elements for the construction of modern solar power plants, i.e. both off-grid and on-grid solutions. Also, they had the opportunity to attend and see what assembling all the elements of inverters from 3 kW to 160 kW looks like.

Prepared by: Katarina Vuinac

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