The foundation stone for the largest solar power plant in Croatia was laid near Orlec by the Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butkovic, the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli and the CEO of the HEP electricity company, Frane Barbaric.
”The development of such infrastructure, which follows the ecological dimension and acceptability, is extremely important for tourism because, without quality infrastructure, it’s impossible to develop the type of quality tourism that we want within the direction of sustainable development,” said Minister Cappelli.
The Cres solar power plant will contribute to strengthening the security of electricity supply and increasing the degree of energy self-sufficiency of the islands of Cres and Lošinj, especially in periods of increased consumption during the tourist seasons.
”This commendable investment will contribute to the energy independence and development of the island of Cres,” commented Mr Butkovic. “The synergy of investments in energy and transport is of crucial importance for keeping the population on our islands, but also for the stability of the Croatian economy in the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” Butkovic emphasised.
With a capacity of 6.5 megawatts (MW), the power plant will be the largest in Croatia, producing electricity for the consumption of about 2,500 households.
“Despite the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, HEP has continued without hesitation to implement its impressive investment plan for the year 2020,” said HEP’s CEO, Mr Barbaric. ”We’re doing this because we’re aware that the continuation of our investment cycle and investments in which the Croatian component is strongly represented are extremely important for the development and stability of the Croatian economy. The largest part of the investment relates to the realisation of the renewable development scenario of HEP until the year 2030, within which we’ll construct 1,500 MW of production capacity. Half of these capacities, which correspond in strength to the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant, will be in solar and wind power plants.”