Croatia to launch special training project for solar workers
Date: August 9th 2022
Since Croatia lacks workers qualified to install solar panels, the renewable energy association OIEH will launch an educational project in cooperation with the EBRD by year’s end, an OIEH official told Montel on Thursday.The official was not able to provide an estimate of how many workers were needed for Croatia’s solar sector, nor was the association prepared to share any details about the project’s financing when approached by Montel.
However, OIEH director Maja Pokrovac did tell the Croatian business daily Poslovni Dnevnik last week that the project would provide training for both the installation and maintenance of solar panels.
“It is already hard to find workers and those who apply for jobs lack the relevant experience,” Leopold Skrpec, a member of the sales team at the small solar power plant construction company Tuta Blu told Montel in a telephone interview on Friday.
He also highlighted a lack of electrical engineers that are certified to connect solar power plants larger than 2kW to the grid.
Due to an increased workload, Tuta Blu has been advertising on the Croatian online job search platform Moj Posao. It currently employs ten electricians and an electrical engineer and it has installed more than 900 small solar power plants to date.
Labour shortages will result in the slower implementation of solar energy projects and increase their costs, according to energy expert Neven Duic. He told Poslovni Dnevnik last week that Croatia is failing in this respect, since it should have started educating workers and building a system for solar energy development 10 years ago.
The total solar capacity connected to the distribution network of the Croatian power utility HEP’s DSO, HEP-ODS, is around 140 MW, according to data published by the state-owned utility HEP and the Croatian economy ministry at the beginning of this year.
The international energy supplier Eon has stated that Croatia only gets 0.5% of its electricity from solar power plants and should install 0.8-1 GW of solar capacity to reach the EU average by 2030.