Croatia: Commission of Korlat wind farm

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Korlat wind farm is located near the town of Benkovac and consists of 18 Nordex supplied wind turbines with power output of 3.6 MW each. Croatian state-owned power utility HEP has put into operation 65 MW wind farm Korlat, a project worth some 66 million euros and the first such facility in its portfolio.

The plants estimated annual electricity production is 170 GWh, enough to cover the needs of some 50,000 households. Wind farm Korlat was in trial operation since H2 2020. The wind farm is not a part of Croatia’s RES support scheme and will not receive preferential prices for sold electricity.

HEP’s CEO Frane Barbaric said that the company plans to build a solar power plant at the location of the wind farm, with installed capacity of 95 MW. Estimated cost of the solar project is around 66 million euros and its construction should start next year.

HEP plans to develop a portfolio of 350 MW in each wind and solar power by 2030, and to increase its electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 50 % in the next ten years.

The project was initially developed by the local company HELB and its cost was estimated to some 80 million euros in 2016. HEP acquired the project in 2019.