Croatia maps eligible locations for solar and wind projects
Date: May 10th 2022
Croatia is preparing maps of locations where solar power plants and wind farms could be constructed without endangering the natural habitats of certain animals, an economy ministry official said at a conference on Monday.Aljosa Duplic, the director of the Institute for Environment and Nature at the economy ministry, emphasised that Croatia should be smart in its spatial planning and decision-making on what renewable energy projects to support financially, making sure that it uses the proper assessment procedures for its ecological networks.
Duplic was speaking during a panel discussion on implementation of the EU’s green deal, organised by the Croatian nature conservation NGO Biom.
Duplic stressed that while implementing renewable energy projects Croatia has to preserve its biodiversity and investors need to understand that, as the growing popularity of solar energy projects meant that more and more of Croatia’s natural habitats could be negatively impacted.
“No, you are not in the position to go wherever you want,” he said.
Duplic said that when making decisions on land allocation, the ministry must consider whether the use of hundreds of hectares of arable land or grasslands for solar farms is a better option than brownfield investments on existing rooftop space.
The economy ministry official added that Croatia should diversify its energy portfolio with various renewable energy sources and develop citizen-led energy projects, which he said had great potential, especially in the country’s south. It is a well-known fact that Croatia is lagging behind the EU average when it comes to such citizen-led projects.
Meanwhile, the first large-scale renewables auction for market premiums will be held in June. A quota of 648 MW has been set for it, of which 300 MW is for solar plants and 300 MW for wind farms.
The overall quota for large-scale renewables auctions that will be held in Croatia until the end of 2023 has been set at 1,050 MW for wind and 865 MW for solar projects.