86 Million Euro Solar Project For One Croatian Municipality

Lauren Simmonds

Solar panels are the future, and a particularly bright one (no pun intended) for one Croatian municipality.

The project, set to employ several hundred new workers, will happen in the first quarter of next year when the factory will begin with work at the foot of the western slopes of Medvednica.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of March, what Rolls-Royce is to the world of cars, Panasonic is to the world of solar panel production. The name is synonymous with the top product that only two or three companies can compete with on the world market.

”And now, the simplest possible thing would be to say: in exactly one year, Bistra will be stronger than Panasonic – at least when it comes to solar panel production,” stated lawyer Dejan Bogdanović, beginning on a story about a project that will not only position Bistra, located in Zagreb County, on the world chart by the side of the international giant in solar panel production, but also mark it as a leader in that industry.

This will be the case in the first quarter of next year when the solar panel factory at the western foot of Medvednica will start working with the technology of the German company Singulus, which the Americans, the Mexicans, the Japanese, the Chinese and many other big players have been trying to develop for years, according to a report from Lokalni.hr.

”The solar panels that will be produced in Bistra will have 21.5 percent efficiency, while Panasonic’s in-store sales have 19 to a maximum of 20 percent of efficiency,” explained Bogdanović, representing foreign investors working on the factory construction project.

He also noted that while the mere one percent difference may not seem or sound particularly significant to most, it is in fact extremely important when it comes to this type of business.

However, Bistra’s residents will probably find these facts and pieces of information to be of far more importance, as they will naturally become part of this massive 86 million-euro project, with the first stage employing 320 people, and in the second stage, as many as 580 workers will be able to earn their daily bread at the factory.


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