The cornerstone for the construction of the largest solar power plant in Croatia – the Cres solar power plant worth 41 million kuna – was laid on Tuesday not far from Orlec on the island of Cres.
The Cres solar power plant will have a capacity of 6.5 megawatts (MW) and will cover the consumption of about 2,500 households. It will contribute to strengthening the security of electricity supply and increasing the level of energy self-sufficiency of the islands of Cres and Lošinj, especially in periods of increased consumption during the tourist seasons. It is being built on a plot of 17 hectares, two kilometers north of Orlec, and production will begin by the end of the year.
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The cornerstone was laid by the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković, the Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and the President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbarić.
The Cres solar power plant will produce about 8.5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year. A total of 20,330 panels from the domestic manufacturer Solvis will be installed in 13 parts with a single power of 500 kW. The panels will be placed so as to allow the unimpeded passage of small animals inside the fence of the solar power plant and the grazing of sheep within the fenced area.
The project was developed by the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County until the location permit was obtained, and was taken over by HEP, which entrusted the construction to a consortium of PVI Solar, PVI GmbH, Intecco and Deling on the basis of a tender.
Barbarić emphasized that HEP without hesitation continued with the implementation of the investment plan for 2020, which was set at the largest amount in the history of HEP of almost five billion kuna.
“We do this because we are aware that the continuation of our investment cycle and investments in which the domestic component is strongly represented, are extremely important for the development and stability of the economy. “We will build 1,500 MW of production capacity. Half of that capacity, which in total capacity corresponds to the Krško Nuclear Power Plant, will be in solar and wind power plants. At the moment, we have the Korlat wind power plant and seven solar power plants under construction,” Barbaric said. .
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HEP emphasizes that HEP’s total investments in solar power plants and charging stations for electric cars in Istria and Kvarner in 2020 amount to HRK 74 million, while HEP’s total investment plan for 2020 is a record HRK 4.9 billion.
In addition to the Cres solar power plant, the 1 MW solar power plant Marići near Žminj is under construction, and the construction of the second phase of the Kaštelir solar power plant in the hinterland of Poreč, with a capacity of 2 MW, will begin soon. Both power plants, as well as Cres, will produce electricity without incentives, on a purely market basis.
HEP is considering the construction of two more solar power plants on the island of Cres. These are Cres 2 of 4.14 MW, in the immediate vicinity of the Cres Solar Power Plant and Ustrina near Osor, with a capacity of 9.99 MW, which HEP is developing on the basis of a cooperation agreement with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the City of Mali Lošinj.
It is planning to build a 1 MW solar power plant with a battery tank in Unije. The project is part of the European Insulae program, and is being developed in partnership with HEP and the Kvarner Energy Development Agency.
The largest planned solar power plant in Istria and Kvarner is now the Nova Vas solar power plant, with a capacity of 40 MW, which HEP is developing on the basis of an agreement with the Municipality of Kršan.
In this area, HEP is also implementing several projects of integrated solar power plants on the roofs of its own business and operating buildings, so the installation of power plants in Mali Lošinj, Krk and Poreč is in progress.
HEP also states that the green energy transition on the Kvarner islands is the installation of infrastructure for charging electric vehicles and that ELEN charging stations in Mali Lošinj and Cres are in function, ie that there are 19 ELEN charging stations in Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. 35 more filling stations are being set up.
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