Croatia’s largest solar power plant was officially opened on Friday by State Secretary at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development Ivo Milatić and the CEO of state-run energy company HEP, Frane Barbarić.
The new power plant on the island of Vis cost 31 million kuna and is the first of seven solar plants HEP plans to launch this year as part of its four-year, 750 million kuna investment cycle into sustainable energy sources.
The solar power plant will provide power and greater energy security to the island, especially at times when the energy grid is strained due to high consumption during the tourist season.
“The opening of the largest solar plant in Croatia is a historic day for the island of Vis and the beginning of what Croatia plans to do in the next decade. The Croatian Government forged ahead in 2017 with bringing to fruition new Croatian and European energy policies, which are focused on investments in green energy. This plant is the best example of this kind of investment,” said Milatić.
The plant is also the first major solar plant to be built on one of Croatia’s islands. The 3.5 MW plant will produce around 5 million kWh of power, enough to meet the demands of 1,600 households.