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

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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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