“The price of electricity from solar power plants today is lower than ever but Croatia’s solar sector is developing very slowly and the relevant procedures need to be stepped up and people need to be educated,” Professor Neven Duić of the Zagreb Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture said at the conference.
The conference, entitled “Days of the Sun”, brought together key stakeholders in Croatia’s energy transition – members of the academic community, equipment producers, representatives of the banking system, investors, regional and local government officials as well as representatives of state institutions and ministries.
Apart from discussing various financial models for the solar sector and its launching, the conference will discuss the new legislative framework for the green transition, the future of photovoltaic power plants and solar technology in Croatia, innovations and application of solar energy in the business sector, the use of renewable energy sources in agriculture, and the implementation of the EU Green Deal at the national level.
“Local government has an opportunity to be more active in the coming period to inform citizens and promote the use of renewable sources, develop strategies and plans and actively participate in investments… these projects bring concrete benefits that can have a positive effect on the communities they govern,” said Maja Jurišić of the Island Movement association, one of the organisers of the conference.
She underscored that renewable energy sources should be treated as a public good.
The director of SolarPower Europe, Walburga Hemetsberger, underscored that the solar energy sector was expected to grow significantly over the next five years, primarily due to the acceptable costs of such projects.
SolarPower Europe is a leading European organisation of stakeholders in the use of solar energy and it comprises research centres, banks, investors, entrepreneurs and others in the solar energy sector.