The northern Adriatic island of Krk is set to become Croatia’s first energy independent area free of carbon-dioxide emissions, and by 2030 the island will be completely powered by renewable energy sources, Dalje.com portal said.
“We are pioneers in this endeavour in the whole of Croatia,” the CEO of the Ponikve EkoOtok company, Zdenko Kirinčić, told Hina.
As many as 260 buildings on the island have been renovated in order to improve their energy efficiency. In addition, local inhabitants are permanently educated about energy-saving measures. Since 2011, the local authorities have spent over HRK 3 million (EUR 390,000) on documentation concerning the use of renewable energy.
The entire island is mapped for installation of photovoltaic plants and windmills. The construction of a 36 MW windmill is due to begin by 2018. In the same vein, the island is encouraging the use of electrical vehicles instead of conventional cars.