Best practices for RES One Stop Shops reviewed

Prishtina, 06 November – On 4 and 5 November, a workshop on the establishment of a One Stop Shop to support the development of Renewable Energy Source projects in Kosovo was held.

The workshop was organized with support from the REPOWER-KOSOVO project funded by USAID, which aimed to collect main challenges faced by RES project developers in Kosovo, and to review best international practices for elimination of barriers for development of RES projects, through the establishment of the One Stop Shop.

The working group, comprising main stakeholders of the energy sector, including, other than MED and ERO, other institutions responsible for the energy sector, such as MESP, MTI, MAFRD, KOSTT, KEDS and KESCO, discussed thoroughly on steps that an investor needs to undertake in order to develop a RES project. For the most part, participants agreed that despite the successful work of all individual institutions, the sector could benefit from better coordination of all involved stakeholders.

Deputy-Minister of Economic Development, Besa Zogaj-Gashi, emphasized that the support to economic development through the promotion of clean energy represents one of the Government’s main objectives, which will continue to support the Working Group in improving coordination of relevant institutions and accelerating RES projects, in order to ensure that Kosovo fulfills objectives related to RES participation in the final gross energy consumption, as defined in the Energy Community Treaty.

In the following week, the group will continue to work in identifying the most appropriate model for the establishment of the One Stop Shop, based on best international practices available.