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Croatia

Country's first wind station to be on island of Pag

Adria Wind Power expects to commission the first wind station in Croatia, on the island of Pag, in November. The Ravne 1 wind station of seven Vestas 850 kW machines will deliver power to the network of state energy company HEP. A 15 year power purchase contract has been signed with HEP with conditions that make the pilot project economically feasible, says Christoph Markl-Meider of Ostwind, a German wind project developer and participant in the initiative. A market system for wind power similar to that in Germany is being considered in Croatia, albeit with a ten-year rather than a 20-year premium payment period, he says. Adria Wind Power (AWP), based in Zagreb, was set up by Croatian wind energy pioneers in co-operation with German companies Ostwind, based in Regensburg, Aufwind of Friedrichshaven and EAB of Freiburg. AWP director Tonci Panza says development of a second wind station near Dubrovnik has begun as part of a broad target to install 100 MW of wind power in the country within the next few years.

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