German developer VSB plans 330MW onshore wind cluster in Croatia

German firm unveils plans for large development with capacity about a third of Croatia’s existing wind fleet

VSB Group has helped to develop 575MW of operational wind power capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence

German developer VSB Group is developing a 300MW-plus wind power complex in southern Croatia that would be one of the largest wind power developments in the country.

It is yet to receive regulatory approval for the 329MW Imotski cluster near the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is awaiting bylaws enabling the project to be greenlit.

The developer hopes to start construction in 2026 ahead of project commissioning in 2027.

It estimates the project could produce 700GWh of electricity a year – equivalent to the Split-Dalmatia county’s annual electricity needs.

VSB believes the project will require around €400 million in funding but has not said how the project would be funded.

The Imotski cluster would consist of four wind farms spread across the Podbablje, Runovići, Zagvozd, Lokvičići, Lovreć and Proložac municipalities. It is unclear how the 329MW capacity would be split between the individual projects.

As part of the project, VSB plans to expand and modernise the country's electricity grid. The developer added that this would help to make Croatia more attractive to renewable energy investors.

VSB Croatia managing director Ante Renić claims the Croatian coast and its hinterland have “exceptional potential for renewable energy”.

The project would provide a large boost to Croatia’s wind fleet, but is not the country’s largest planned wind farm. Earlier this year, Dutch consultancy Green Trust and German turbine maker Enercon unveiled plans for a 425MW project in the north of the country.

Croatia currently has just under 1GW of installed wind power capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.