Cicavica is the name
of a narrow mountain ridge in central Kosovo near to the capital
Pristina, which has a north-south extension of about 12 km and rises
up to an altitude of 1,100 m.a.s.l. Roughly in the middle of this
ridge the GSM-tower with our wind measurements is located and a well
maintained road leads up there. This will facilitate logistics during
the realisation of the wind farm. Evenly spaced along the entire
length of the ridge a total of 17 wind turbines has been planned with
adequate spacing to account for the prevailing wind regime that shows
a distinctive north-south component. The whole project site is
covered with small trees and bushes with exception of the area around
the GSM-tower and quite a lot of wood clearing would be necessary for
the realisation of this project. However, adequate measures will be
taken into account to compensate for this.
discussions with the four involved municipalities and obtaining
support letters for the project from them, a preliminary land lease
contract could be signed with the major land holder within the
project area: the Kosovo Forest Agency KFA. This contract also allows
us to conduct all necessary measurements for the further wind farm
development and to install two met masts at locations of our choice.
It is planned to launch an environmental impact assessment as soon as the
wind potential is verified by the first met mast measurements. A
possible feed-in point has been identified at the substation of the
city of Vushtrri and discussion with the national electrical grid
operator KOSTT will be taken up in appropriate time.
As with the Wind Farms Zatric and Budakova, the applicable feed-in tariff for the electricity produced by the Wind Farm Cicavica is 8.5 Eurocent / kWh with a validity of 12 years. A corresponding Power Purchase Agreement will be negotiated with Kosovo’s Energy Distribution and Supply Company KEDS.
assessment based on the wind measurements from the GSM-tower predicts
an average energy output of 130,000 MWh per year assuming an
installation of 51 MW. These calculations will of course be refined
as soon as first measurements are available from the met masts.
More information about the Cicavica Wind Farm can be found under www.upwindcicavica.com (this website is under construction).