Renewable Power Capacity in Croatia to Reach 1.9 GW by 2030

Croatia has decided to increase the share of renewable energy to 36.4 percent of total consumption by 2030 and is expected to reach 1.9 GW by 2030

Croatia Renewable 1.9 GW 2030

The enormous renewable energy potential of Croatia has prompted the government to increase the share of renewable energy in its total energy consumption to 36.4 percent by 2030. Therefore, renewable power capacity (excluding small hydropower) in the country is expected to reach 1.9 gigawatts (GW) by 2030.

A new report by GlobalData, ‘Croatia Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape, reveals that the increase in renewable capacity from just over 1 percent in 2008 to around 17 percent in 2018 can be attributed to revised targets under National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP), guaranteed feed-in-tariffs, and premium tariff support schemes.

Utsha Ghosh, power industry analyst at GlobalData, said that Croatia’s large-scale untapped renewable sector, with around 8-9 GW potential for wind and solar, has opened new opportunities for market players.

“The south-western region of Croatia receives a good amount of solar irradiation. Furthermore, the prominent wind resources in the south, south-west coastal region comprise significant wind potential to meet the country’s renewable energy target. The country also has huge potential for geothermal energy in the Northern part of the country, which could be used both for electricity generation and heating.”

Croatia had 625 MW of wind capacity in 2018. Wind power will witness maximum growth among renewable during 2019 and 2030 and is expected to reach 1.4 GW, while solar PV capacity is expected to reach 280 megawatts (MW) in 2030 from 61 MW in 2018 increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 percent. The biopower segment is expected to increase at a CAGR of 8 percent to reach 212 MW by 2030.

The European nation is not rich in fossil fuel reserves and imports the majority of the hydrocarbon resources for its fuel requirement. An increasing share of renewable power in the electricity mix will drive the country to attain supply security by reducing its share of electricity imports from the current 62.5 percent of the total country’s consumption to 44 percent by 2030.

Ghosh concludes by stating that “renewable energy and distributed energy resources have changed the market dynamics of the electricity system in the country. The falling cost of renewable energy installations and the introduction of strong policies to cut down pollution levels have led the policy makers to focus more on this.

“Croatian state utility HEP is also planning to boost its renewable power capacity by 50 percent from the current capacity. Besides renewable, the government is encouraging investments in combined heat and power (CHP) plants to increase fuel efficiency, reduce pollution, energy variable cost and wastage.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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