Where is Montechevo located?
The Montechevo project is located in the territory of the municipality of Cetinje, i.e., in the cadastral municipalities of Lastva, Chevo and Prentin do. The total area on which the construction of the planned solar power plant is approximately 600 hectares and consists of three units, which are in the immediate vicinity of the electricity transmission infrastructure, that is, the transmission line DV 400kV Lastva – Pljevlja.
The land on which the construction of the solar power plant is planned is mostly barren land, 7th and 8th class pastures, 7th and 8th class meadows and 6th and 7th class forests.
What does the Montechevo project consist of?
The planned project consists of three separate land scopes populated with solar photovoltaic panels, which enable the direct absorption of the sun’s rays and the conversion of solar energy into electricity. Each of the units consists of an array of solar panels that form solar fields together with the substructure for their installation which they are placed upon.
To create a connection between the solar fields and connect them to the substation, which raises the collected energy to the required level and with the help of a switch yard, connects it to the high-voltage transmission line 400kV Lastva – Pljevlja, medium-voltage transmission lines 35 kV will be built. In addition, the plan is to build the aforementioned substation with a connection to the 400 kV Lastva-Pljevlja high-voltage transmission line.
Do solar panels work when the sun is not shining?
Solar panels generate energy from daylight. This means that the photovoltaic systems can work even if it is cloudy.
What impact does the project have on the environment?
The sun is an infinite source of energy, and because of the rise in the use of renewable energy technology, it assumes a major role in modern society. By harnessing the power of solar energy, we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and this directly affects air quality and improves the health of the entire ecosystem.
CWP is committed to meeting the strictest local and international standards in the field of natural and social environment protection.
In addition to working with recognized local experts, we collaborate with leading global consultants to facilitate the monitoring of flora and fauna. In addition, we develop studies and assessments of the projects’ impact on the natural and social environment. We strive to ensure the timely identification and inclusion of relevant non-governmental organizations and civil associations in our work.
Our impact assessment studies cover all potential impacts of the project on the environment and society. The result of such studies is a series of measures and recommendations that CWP and its collaborators undertake to fulfill. These measures are primarily aimed at: the preservation of local flora and fauna, the adequate involvement and cooperation with the local population, the provision of unhindered agricultural production and use of ecosystem services, the reduction or elimination of undesirable impacts of the project through concrete measures and through proposals for the improvement of local infrastructure and other forms of investment in the local environment. In addition to the prescribed measures, CWP strives to provide added value where possible. The wider public will have an insight into the documentation and study results, as well as the opportunity to participate in public discussions and in decision-making processes.
Does the local community benefit from the project?
In accordance with our values, mission, and corporate and social responsibility plans, CWP supports activities that contribute to the development and improvement of conditions in the local community. This includes the engagement of the local economy and workforce, as well as investment in infrastructure, environmental protection, youth empowerment, education, activities of educational and sports institutions, and art and culture, especially through the preservation of local traditions and customs.
We work closely with local community representatives to ensure they get the right support from us, in a way that builds long-term capacity and is tailored to what the community needs and can benefit from the most.
Will the Montechevo project have an impact on the change in electricity prices?
Electricity prices are formed and applied by the Electric Power Company of Montenegro (Elektroprivreda Crne Gore), in accordance with changes in the energy market and the costs of electricity production. In this regard, the implementation of the Montechevo project cannot have an impact on changes in electricity prices.
What materials are solar panels made of and is there an electromagnetic impact on the environment?
The production of solar panels involves many different materials, such as glass, silicon, aluminum, steel, copper, and others. The list of materials in a solar panel is primarily dependent on the type of solar cells it contains, which can vary among different solar panel manufacturers.
Solar power plants represent ecologically clean sources of electricity, the components of which are produced according to modern, environmentally acceptable technologies. Solar power plants work silently, do not emit harmful substances, and do not emit harmful electromagnetic radiation into the environment. In the range of power frequencies, the electromagnetic environment of the solar power plant is lower than the values generated by the regular use of household appliances, which has no impact on the social environment and the environment.
Does reflection from solar panels affect biodiversity?
Solar panels are designed to absorb the sun’s rays, not reflect them. By installing solar panels manufactured according to the highest standards and the latest technologies, the reflection effect is reduced to a minimum and so too, the effect on the immediate natural environment is minimized.
How long will the development of the project take, and how long will the construction take?
The development of the project, which includes obtaining permits for the construction of the solar power plant along with the accompanying infrastructure, is expected to last two years, while the expected period of construction of the solar power plant is less than one year.
What is the lifespan of the project and what happens after it expires?
The lifetime of the solar power plant is 20 years, after which the investor decides on the possible reinstallation of the panels and the continuation of exploitation or the removal of the facility and the return of the land to its original state. If the decision is reached not to replace the solar panels, the components are broken down and recycled.
Will we have the opportunity to learn more about the project and in what way?
You can find new information about the project on our website, we plan to open an info center in Cetinje soon. There, we will work on developing long-term relations with the local community. In addition, the interested public will have the opportunity to participate in public hearings and presentations.