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Albania to Build Balkan's Largest Solar Plant


According to this article, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy issued a tender for a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, to be constructed in Akerni, which is considered one of the most suitable locations for solar energy infrastructure in the country. However, it is also a high biodiversity area, and tensions are expected about infrastructure planning in the area. The Ministry has also initiated plans for a regional airport around Akerni. The plans for the airport have been criticized because of its potential environmental impact, according to this article. It remains to be seen to what extent the infrastructure in Akerni can be planned, constructed and operated in a manner that reduces biodiversity loss.