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The problem of improving the voltage profile and reducing power losses in electrical networks is a task that must be solved in an optimal manner. At present time, this optimality can be achieved by efficient usage of existing facilities alongside with installing FACTS devices. The static VAr compensator (SVC) was chosen for study as its maturity and acceptable costs make it more usable in practical applications than other FACTS devices This paper proposes a genetic algorithm that tries to identify the optimal location and size of an SVC. A multi-criteria function is developed, comprising of both operational objectives and investment costs. The computer program is run on a 13 nodes test system, assessing improvements in voltage profile and reducing power losses. The purpose of this study is to validate the solution method in order for it to be adapted for systems of higher dimensionality.