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Renewable energy – Energy Country Profile

Renewable Energy

The target of the National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP, 2013) for a 20% share of renewable energy in final energy consumption in 2020 has already been achieved (28.5% in 2019, of which 49.8% for electricity, 36.8% for heating and cooling and 5.9% for transport). According to the NECP (December 2020), the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption is to be increased to 36.4% by 2030 (63.8% for electricity, 36.6% for heating and cooling, and 14% for transport). In 2050, it should reach 53-65.6 % (Energy Development Strategy, 2019).


The second phase of the Senj Hydropower System, which consists of Senj-2 (380 MW) and Kosinj (34 MW) on the Lika and Gacka rivers, is receiving investment from HEP totaling about €450 million. Kosinj's construction began in 2020 and should be completed by 2028. (Senj-2 by 2030). The 156 MW Vinodol-2 pumped storage project is also being developed by HEP. Long-term plans for MCC Ekskluzivne Nekretnine include the 600 MW Korita project and the 540 MW Vrdovo pumped-storage hydropower project in the Split region (pre-feasibility phase). Over 460 MW of wind projects, including the 120 MW Konavoska Brda project and the 120 MW Rust project, are anticipated to be operational by 2026, according to HOPS (2026). By 2030, HEP hopes to install 350 MW of wind energy, including 220 MW at Liane.

Around 420 MW of solar projects, including an 85 MW plant at Pometeno Brdo, have acquired a grid connection agreement (by 2026). 4.2 GW more projects, including a 150 MW project by Acciona and HEP in Promina and a 170 MW project in Obrovac Sinjski, are vying for a grid connection agreement. By 2030, HEP wants to install 350 MW of solar power. The company increased the size of its portfolio of solar projects to 168 MW in October 2021 by inking contracts with local governments to build 7 additional solar PV projects totaling 60 MW and costing €51 million.
A 100 MW, geothermal power facility is being thought about by Turkish MB Holding, which has permission to study four geothermal regions in northern Croatia.
Geothermal exploration permits were granted by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development to Ensolx (two permits in Ernestinovo and Merhatovec), Geo Power Energy Development (one permit in Legrad-1), and Buko Termal in 2020. (1 license for Mali Bukovec).

Last update: 07 2023