/17th October 2019, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The Ministry of Economy of North Macedonia informed that a total of 44 bids have been received on a tender for the construction of solar photovoltaic power plants on private land with 27MW total installed capacity. Furthermore, for solar photovoltaic power plants on state land, 126 bids from interested investors have been registered for 62MW of total installed capacity. The Government will support investors with administrative approvals and complete all necessary procedures for the change of land status and developing detailed zoning plans of the sites for solar power plants deployment. The Republic of North Macedonia is very poor in primary energy resources. There are two major open-pit coal mines that supply two thermal power plants (TPPs) (TPP Bitola and TPP Oslomej), and two smaller open-pit mines that produce lignite for the industry and other sectors. The coal deposits of the mines adjacent to the power plants are of shallow heat value (lignite). Their capacities are limited, and the plants are due for retirement in about 10 - 15 years, according to calculations of the research department of Renewable Market WatchTM. The other key fossil fuels are oil and natural gas, which are imported. There is only one oil pipeline transporting crude oil from Thessaloniki, Greece to Skopje, North Macedonia's capital.