10 Million Euro Solar Power Plant Being Constructed in Novalja

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of August, 2020, in the area of ​​Lika-Senj County, more precisely in Novalja, the construction of a stand-alone photovoltaic power plant worth a massive 10 million euros will soon begin, and it will produce 25GWh of electricity per year. This is a project being undertaken by the company RP Global, which has already made investments in wind farms Danilo in the hinterland of Sibenik and Rudine in the Dubrovnik littoral, and this is their first project of this type in Croatia.

The investment should bring about 250,000 kuna a year to the local self-government unit in Novalja, so it isn’t surprising that the local authorities very quickly met the investor and signed the agreement on financing the amendments to the spatial plan of Lika-Senj County. It improves the conditions for the construction of solar parks, meaning that it increases the percentage of maximum terrain coverage with solar panels from 25 to 50 percent of the building plot area.

“Before every investment decision, an unavoidable step is a meeting with representatives of the local community, and affirmative and active local authorities are the best thing that a serious investor can wish for. This then further motivates us to justify such a welcome and reciprocate it with an open and correct relationship. From the project preparation and the construction to plant management and maintenance, we try to employ local people as much as possible. We’re talking about modern technology in which there isn’t much employment, but every job is important to us,” pointed out the director of RP Global and the vice president of the Association of Renewable Energy Sources HGK, Bojan Rescec, adding that in addition to the aforementioned local government revenues, we can definitely expect wider benefits for both Novalja and the island of Pag.

The solar power plant in Novalja is only a part of the very ambitious plans of RP Global in Lika-Senj County. “It’s difficult to talk about concrete figures at this moment in time, but we hope that in the years to come we’ll be talking about three-digit megawatts and millions of euros of investment,” assured Rescec.

According to the HROTE report, 72,016,131 kWh of electricity was produced in the Republic of Croatia last year from photovoltaic power plants, and the total production of electricity from RES increased by 16.1 percent when compared to the previous year. The share of photovoltaic power plants in the total installed capacities (MW) stands at 6 percent.

All installed production capacities of renewable energy sources and cogeneration in 2019 with a total installed capacity of 877.38 MW produced a total of 2,882,229,100 kWh, with a total of 48.5 MW of new plants connected to the Croatian electricity system.

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