Croatian town looks to rooftop solar to lower expenditures
Date: August 4th 2022
The town of Velika Gorica, in the immediate vicinity of the capital Zagreb, has launched a drive to install solar energy on its rooftops, the town council announced on its website on Wednesday.“Velika Gorica is launching the project 'Velika Gorica, a solar town – Countdown', which is aimed at installing solar power on public buildings owned by the town,” the statement reads.
The overall value of the project is EUR 654,000, of which EUR 533,000 will be provided by the European Economic Area (EEA) and Norwegian Financial Mechanism.
This is the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to the reduction of economic and social disparities and the reinforcement of bilateral relations between EU member states in central and southern Europe and the Baltics.
The remaining costs will be covered by the town’s budget and other partners such as the local tourism board, Velika Gorica community college and the Energy Farm International Foundation from Norway.
Solar panels will be installed on 22 buildings, including local schools, kindergartens, sports facilities and the local fire department’s headquarters.
“These solar plants will produce more than 600 MWh of electricity annually. This power will be used to cover consumption in those facilities (…), while [any] surplus will be sold on the [open] market,” the statement says.
The town council’s statement also emphasises that this project will lower the town’s expenditures, which it says is particularly important in the current period of rising electricity prices.
Meanwhile, at the end of July, the town of Novska in central Croatia also signed a deal to construct a solar power plant.
“The company Swat Energy will construct a solar plant with a connection capacity of 6,000 MW, which will produce electricity exclusively for delivery to the electricity grid. The overall value of the investment is EUR 5.5m,” Novska’s town council said on its website on 28 July.