Croatia’s 36% renewables boost by 2030

November 30, 2019 | Renewables | Energy Facts Staff Writer | 2min

The consultancy GlobalData said the rise in renewable capacity from around 1 per cent in 2008 to 17 per cent in 2018 occurred because of revised targets under Zagreb’s National Renewable Energy Action Plan (NREAP), its feed-in-tariffs and premium tariff support schemes. Renewable power capacity is due to reach 1.9GW by 2030.

“Croatia’s large-scale untapped renewable sector, with around 8-9 GW potential for wind and solar, has opened new opportunities for market players,” said Utsha Ghosh of GlobalData. “The southwestern region of Croatia receives a good amount of solar irradiation. Furthermore, the prominent wind resources in the south, southwest 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.”

Wind power is expected to offer the largest proportion of renewable power between 2019 and 2030, generating 1.4 GW. The sun-kissed Balkan state’s solar output is forecast to reach 280MW by 2030 from just 61 MW in 2018, rising annually by 15 per cent.