Slovenian energy group Petrol has launched its second wind farm in Croatia, which will provide green and sustainable energy for 30,000 households, producing around 96 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity annually. The Ljubač project fits into the company’s long-term plans to boost its renewables portfolio and to become a major supplier of green electricity in the region.
Petrol says it wants to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, therefore it is intensively developing and investing in the production of electricity from wind and solar power plants and small hydropower plants.
“The global energy system is witnessing rapid development, which is affected by both increased energy needs and environmental requirements due to climate change,” said Mag. Jože Bajuk, Member of the Management Board of Petrol adding that the production of electricity from renewable sources is one of the key activities for the future development of Petrol Group.
Borut Bizjak, Director of Renewable Energy underlined that most of Petrol’s projects for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources are carried out in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, where there is a great potential for wind, sun and water.
“By building our own production capacities, we follow the strategic direction of becoming a recognisable regional provider of comprehensive energy and environmental solutions and a partner in the development of a circular economy for the transition to a low-carbon society,” said Mr Bizjak.
Petrol sees great potential in wind energy, which is expected to become the main source of electricity in Europe by 2030. The Ljubač wind farm in Croatia, near Knin was launched with nine windmills supplied by Nordex, one of the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, with a capacity of 30 megawatts (MW). The expected annual energy production of the nine wind turbines is 96 GWh, which covers the consumption of around 30,000 household customers.
The Ljubač project is Petrol’s first project in the field of wind energy production, which was carried out without financial support or subsidies. Petrol will supply the electricity produced from this wind farm to the market under market conditions through its infrastructure.
With the launch of the Ljubač wind farm, Petrol now has its second wind farm in Croatia. In 2017, the company launched its Glunča wind farm near Šibenik, consisting of nine turbines, each with a capacity of 2.3 MW. Together with the Ljubač wind farm, they now provide energy for 45,000 average households.
By the end of 2020, Petrol reached an installed capacity of 33.5 MW from renewable energy sources and the company aims to exceed 160 MW by 2025. By September, Petrol will provide households and small business customers with as much as 241 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, entirely produced from renewables, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 142 thousand tonnes.
Energy efficiency, renewable power, electric mobility and mobility services have been given a substantial role in the Slovenian energy company’s plan for 2021 to 2025, with more than one-third of capital expenditure in the next five years being directed into energy transition.