The French renewables company Voltalia has won the contract for the construction and operation of a 100 MW solar plant in Albania following its successful bid in a tender run by the Albanian Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) supported the tender by providing technical assistance.
The new plant, located in the area of Spitallë, in the coastal municipality of Durrës in the west of the country, will diversify energy supply and increase energy security while delivering climate-neutral energy at an affordable price. »Delivering a tariff below 30 Euros per megawatt hour for wholesale electricity is stunning. This is a fantastic result for Albania and for the Western Balkans overall,« said Harry Boyd-Carpenter, EBRD Director, Energy Europe, Middle East and Africa.
The tender builds on the success of a previous competitive bidding process for solar power supported by the EBRD in Albania at the coastal site of Karavasta, where Voltalia has won the tender to build and operate a 140 MW solar plant.
To date, the EBRD has invested more than €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) in 110 projects in Albania.