Croatia: Growing of RES production

, SEE Energy News

Croatia had 27.47 % of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption in 2019, of which the share of electricity was 49.7 %, according to Eurostat data. At the same time, the year-on-year growth of 0.4 % was achieved, which can be attributed to the growth of electricity production from renewable sources and the growth of energy use from renewable sources in transport.

In 2019, 2,332 GWh of electricity was produced from renewable sources in 1,374 facilities within the incentive system, with a total installed capacity of 940 MW. The installed capacity of RES facilities increased by 13 % compared to 2018. By the end of November 2020, there were 1,356 facilities within the incentive system, a year-on-year decline of 2 %.

According to data for 2019, in the structure of electricity production from renewable sources in Croatia, the largest share of 74 % had hydropower, which includes the production of electricity from large hydropower plants. This is followed by electricity from wind with a 15 % share and electricity from biomass with 5 % as the third single most significant renewable source of electricity. Electricity from solid biofuels (mainly wood chips and wood residue) accounted for 5.1 % of total electricity production from renewable sources, while electricity from biogas accounted for 3.6 %. Compared to 2018, all means of electricity production from renewable sources recorded growth in 2019, with the exception of hydropower, which decreased by 2 %. In 2019, electricity production from biomass increased by 52 %, and from solar by 11 % compared to the previous year. Wind electricity production increased by 6 % compared to the previous year.