On June 23 the cornerstone for the construction of a EUR5.5m (HRK41m) power plant called Cres, the biggest in Croatia, was laid. The cornerstone was laid by Croatian Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and president of the Croatian power company Frane Barbaric, B92 has reported.
The plant will contribute to the safety of electricity supplies and raise the level of the cres and Losinja islands’ energy independence, especially during heightened consumption in the tourism season.
The 6.5 MW electricity plant will generate around 8.5M kWh which is enough to power around 2,500 homes.
The plant is being built on a 17 hectare plot located two kilometers away form the Orlec settlement. Before receiving local permits the project was developed by the Primorsko-Goranska county, after which it was taken up by the Croatian power company which handed the job to a consortium made up of PVI Solar, PVI GmbH, Intecco and Deling.
The plant will commence production by the end of the year.