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Croatia’s HEP signs contract for its largest solar power plant

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November 9, 2023

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Croatian state-owned power utility Hrvatska Elektroprivreda has selected Končar – Elektroindustrija for the installation of the Dugopolje solar power plant, with a peak capacity of 13.54 MW and a 10 MW connection.

The Dugopolje solar power plant would be the twelfth photovoltaic plant owned by Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group) and also the largest one. The location is in the municipality of Dugopolje, twenty kilometers east of the coastal city of Split. Of note, HEP’s largest solar power plant is Donja Dubrava, with a nameplate capacity of 12.3 MW and 9.9 MW in connection terms.

The EUR 11.1 million design and construction contract was signed by HEP Proizvodnja and Končar – Inženjering. The expected annual production, as announced by HEP, is 17.2 million kWh, enough to supply about 6,000 domestic households.

The facility is envisaged to consist of 24,624 bifacial photovoltaic panels. The deadline for construction is 18 months.

Barbarić: Nine more projects with a total capacity of 120 MW are under construction or in the phase of selecting a construction company

Frane Barbarić, president of the Management Board of HEP, recalled that the two companies jointly built the Vis power plant with a battery system and Donja Dubrava, which came online in May, while that Črnkovci in Slavonia is under construction.

“SE Dugopolje is a good example of the cooperation of local companies to strengthen the overall Croatian economy. We are glad that Croatian know-how and technologies are competitive in today’s energy market,” he stressed.

According to Barbarić, HEP put into operation production facilities with a total capacity of 90 MW over the past five years. When it comes to solar power alone, the company has ground-mounted facilities of around 30 MW overall.

The construction of the EL-TO Zagreb cogeneration power plant is nearing completion, and nine more projects, with a total capacity of 120 MW, are under construction or in the phase where contractors are being selected, Barbarić added.

Kolak: Končar has so far built solar power plants with a combined capacity of 30 MW

According to Gordan Kolak, president of the Management Board of Končar, also a Croatian company, it made a technological breakthrough in 2012 with the development of a wind turbine and the construction of its own wind power plant, with a capacity of 20 MW.

Končar built its first power plant on the island of Vis in 2020. Now it has four such facilities in operation, with 30 MW in total, and the fifth one is under construction in the Slavonia region, Kolak said.

The contract for Dugopolje was signed by Robert Krklec, manager of HEP Proizvodnja, and Željko Tukša, president of Management Board of Končar – Inženjering, at the site of the Jaruga hydropower plant in the Krka national park.

On December 1, the hydroelectric facility marks 120 years of operation, making it one of the oldest active power plants in the world.

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