SKOPJE - Sunny North Macedonia falls short of solar thermal expectations. Using solar thermal technology to convert sunlight into heat should be a no-brainer in North Macedonia. After all, it’s one of the world’s sunniest countries. But meager subsidies and insufficient regulation have stymied projects, despite the economic benefits that experts concur are there for the impoverished country.

"Macedonian sun for Macedonian energy," former prime minister Zoran Zaev announced in 2018; the country would use its plentiful sunshine to generate economic growth, he boasted. Five years later, the Balkan state – its flag emblazoned with a resplendent sun – is hardly racing towards its ambitious targets for solar thermal and photovoltaic energy. North Macedonian investigative journalist Daniela Trpchevska Zafirovska found that the high cost of investment, insufficient regulation, and lack of government support are the foremost obstacles to rolling out solar thermal technology on a wide scale in North Macedonia, despite overwhelming interest from the local population.

Team members

Paul Hockenos

Paul Hockenos is a Berlin-based U.S.-American journalist who writes about energy and climate issues in Europe. He is the author of four books on European affairs.

Paul Hockenos

Dragan Maksimović

Dragan Maksimović is editor in the Public Service of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Rüdiger Rossig

Rüdiger Rossig, is an editor with Deutsche Welle's programs for Europe.

Rüdiger Rossig

Daniela Trpchevska Zafirovska

Daniela Trpchevska Zafirovska, born 1974 in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, is a journalist who works for Deutsche Welle Macedonian Service.

Vjosa Cerkini

Vjosa Cerkini is a freelance Kosovar journalist for Deutsche Welle's programs for Europe, among others.

Sanja Kljajic

Sanja Kljajic, born 1990 in Ruma, Serbia, is a freelance correspondent.

Sanja Kljajic

Elona Elezi

Elona Elezi, born in 1985 in Peshkopi, Albania, has worked as a journalist in South Eastern Europe since 2006.

Elona Elezi
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