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Statkraft working on its first solar project in Croatia

Statkraft eyes its first solar project in Croatia topusko

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April 19, 2023

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Norwegian green energy company Statkraft plans to build a 13 MW solar power plant in the municipality of Topusko in the central part of Croatia, not far from the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. It would be its first project in the country.

Statkraft is in the early stages of developing the SE Topusko photovoltaic project, and the start of production is expected in two to four years, Jutarnji list reported.

In the region of Southeastern Europe, Statkraft only has power plants in Albania and Turkey, but it is trading electricity throughout the region. In Albania, the company installed the first floating photovoltaic facility in SEE at the reservoir of its Banja hydropower plant.

Statkraft is making preparations to apply for an energy approval

Statkraft’s Croatian subsidiary said it is preparing documentation with the aim to obtain the energy approval.

It will be one of the largest investments in solar in Croatia, the company claimed, but didn’t reveal the sum.

Statkraft entered the Croatian market in 2021, but so far it hasn’t publicly presented its plans. The utility said on its website it is developing wind and solar projects in the region and looking to acquire mid-size projects.

The company is developing several projects for solar parks and wind farms in Croatia

The Norwegian company told the news website it has several solar and wind projects in Croatia. Like SE Topusko, they are all in the early stages, it added.

Statkraft is owned by the Norwegian government. It operates in Asia, Europe and South America. The company manages power plants with a combined capacity of 19,528 MW and an annual output of 60 TWh of electricity. It has hydropower plants of 15,540 MW in total as well as gas-fired facilities, wind parks and biomass cogeneration plants.

In Turkey, Statkraft owns hydropower plants Kargi (102 MW) and Çakıt (20 MW). HPP Banja in Albania has a capacity of 72 MW.

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