Finding and using renewable energy sources in the Balkans amounts to a long-term investment in the environment. It also helps to meet the vital economic needs of communities in the region. According to advocates, sustainable energy sources have the potential to boost local economies in multiple ways -- by creating jobs, fostering small businesses, spurring improvements in industry's environmental performance, and making a positive impact on society and health.
Sun and wind are significant energy sources, but still underexploited in Croatia.
Can Kosovo reach the 20% benchmark set by Brussels?
Despite impressive resources, Albania's lack of infrastructure hampers the country's potential.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a treasure chest of renewable energy sources, much of them untapped.
Authorities say 16% of energy will come from renewable sources by 2020, fulfilling EU criteria.
By Klaudija Lutovska for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 28/12/10
Officials eye the benefits of renewable energy, but does red tape stand in the way?
Macedonia makes strides in curtailing dependency on energy imports.