CROATIA MOVES INTO WIND POWER

Croatia gets its first wind power park. Thanks to Acciona Energy, the country will proudly boast of wind power technology wind turbines.

It is the first Spanish company to develop a wind power project in Croatia. Acciona Energy has started construction work on the 30-megawatt Jelinak wind park in Croatia. The Company boasts of being the 1st Spanish wind power developer to open a wind park in Croatia.

Situated in the region of Split-Dalmatia, in the north-western part of the country, Jelinak will include twenty 1.5 MW turbines. The venture will produce 81 million kilowatt-hours a year, covering the electricity consumption of over 30,000 Croatian homes. The clean energy generated will shun the emission of 77,841 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide to the air.

This first wind farm in Croatia will be completed by the end of 2012. An up-and-coming wind power country, Croatia extends interesting prospects for wind power development. The country will have to align itself with the energy and climate change policies of the European Union, which is devoted to sourcing twenty percent of its final energy use from renewable sources by 2020.

Croatia presently imports more than fifty percent of its primary energy needs and more than twenty five percent of the electricity it consumes. Its electric power generation mix primarily consists of fossil-based energies like gas, fuel oil, coal and hydroelectric plants. The contribution of wind power and other renewable is just beginning at below two percent.

Nonetheless, the 72 megawatts of wind power capacity installed in the country at present is set to grow considerably over the next couple of years, stressing its great potential. The Croatian Energy Strategy, sanctioned by the country's Parliament in 2009, plans for 1,200 megawatts from wind power in 2020 and 2,000 megawatts in 2030.