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Croatia’s largest solar power plant put in operation

Croatia’s largest solar power plant, worth 31 million kuna (4.1 million euros) has been put in operation.

The 3.5 megawatts (MW) power plant is the first out of seven solar plants that electric company HEP will put in operation by 2023.

“Putting the largest solar power plant in Croatia into operation is a historical day for the island of Vis and the start of future developments in Croatia in the next 10 years,” commented State Secretary Ivo Milatić. “The Croatian Government began with the implementation of the new energy policy of Croatia and the European Union, focused on green energy investments, very strongly back in 2017. This power plant is the best example of said investment.”

The construction of this solar power plant will provide the island of Vis with its own source of renewable energy and higher security of electricity supply, in particular in times of increased demand during tourist seasons. It will produce about 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, which corresponds to the electricity consumption of about 1,600 households.

“Solar Power Plant Vis, along with a number of other projects undergoing construction, proves that HEP today does not only speak of plans and promises but of real projects which are being carried out,” said Frane Barbarić, President of the Management Board of HEP. “The implementation of all investment projects, of which only this year we expect a record-high realisation exceeding 4 billion kuna [530 million euros], in particular of projects with a high share of domestic participation, strongly contributes to the development and stability of Croatian economy. We are focusing on projects which aim at increasing the quality of life on the islands.”

Early in June, the Croatian Presidency informed EU Energy Ministers of the completion of the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on the Clean Energy for EU Islands initiative.

European Union islands have the potential to be pioneers of the clean energy transition and this Island initiative puts citizens at the heart of it bringing tangible benefits such as local jobs creation, economic activity and lower energy bills.

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