Croatia to Become Home to Europe’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Katarina Anđelković

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As Poslovni writes, in about ten days, the Croatian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development will open bids for energy capacities in the area of the Proložac Municipality in the Split-Dalmatia County. The area in question is a total of 3.7 million square meters, or 370 hectares (ha) of land suitable for installing solar power plants.

The open bidding for energy capacities could result in making this area one of the largest solar power plants in the world. In comparison, what is possibly the world’s largest solar power plant, Enel Group Villanueva in Coahuila, Mexico, which has a capacity of 2,000 GWh per year, consists of two and a half million solar panels and covers an area of 2,400 hectares. The largest European solar energy power plant is Ceclavin in Extramadura in Spain, which has a capacity of 328 MW and covers 220 hectares of land with its 850,000 modules. That investment was 250 million euros, and the power plant provides enough electricity for almost 200,000 households.

Although it is unofficially speculated that there are several European players already in the game for this land in Croatia, it is known that a study has already been conducted for the solar power plant Proložac by the investor VSB Obnovljiva Energija Hrvatska, which plans to build a solar power plant project with a capacity of 11.25 MW and a connection capacity of 10 MW in this area. The project will cover 25 ha, of which the panels themselves account for 14.3 ha. If this project is compared with the total land, it is clear that the area has the capacity for about 15 such solar power plants and the total installed capacity of at least 150 MW. 

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