A Ray of Light – FYR Macedonia GEF Sustainable Energy Project

Since early 2011, blue skies have taken on a new meaning for Zoran Balevski and Slave Ivanovski, and for the whole of FYR Macedonia as well.   The country has more than 200 days of sunshine a year, which these two entrepreneurs are harnessing in the first serious FYR Macedonian solar power plant.

Balevski and Ivanovski blazed a trail in the renewable energy field when they installed more than four thousand solar panels in this landlocked nation’s largest valley.   Their company, Mega Solar, had support to get off the ground from the Sustainable Energy Project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and managed by the World Bank.

Balevski, Mega Solar’s manager, learned about the benefits of solar energy through his work in Slovenia and his travels through Western Europe, where he witnessed solar power plants and wind farms at work firsthand. It wasn’t long after he came back home that he began to realize his idea of making solar energy a reality for his power-starved country.  Aided by solid research, he first had to pick a site for the solar plant.

Read more at...http://www.worldbank.org/en/results/2013/09/09/ray-of-light-macedonia-gef-sustainable-energy-project