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

Croatia, Zagreb: Croatian state-owned power utility Hrvatska Elektroprivreda has selected Končar for the installation of the Dugopolje solar power plant.

The Dugopolje power plant will have a peak capacity of 13.54 MW and a 10 MW connection and will be the twelfth and the largest photovoltaic plant owned by Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP Group). At the moment, 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 €11.1 million design and construction contract was signed by HEP Proizvodnja and Končar – Inženjering. The expected annual production is 17.2 million kWh, enough to supply 6,000 domestic households. The facility is envisaged to consist of 24,624 bifacial photovoltaic panels. The deadline for construction is 18 months.

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 Črnkovci in Slavonia is under construction. According to Barbarić, HEP put into operation production facilities with a total capacity of 90 MW over the past five years. Regarding solar power alone, the company has ground-mounted facilities of around 30 MW overall.

Končar’s president of the Management Board Gordan Kolak said the company 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. It 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.

Source: Balkan Green Energy News