German developer puts finishing touches to second wind plant in Croatia

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German renewable energy developer Enersys plans to finish work on its second wind power plant in Croatia by the end of March. Three new 900 kW turbines and nine new 800 kW units, all supplied by Enercon, are to be erected on Orlice hill, near the southwestern town of Sibenik, says the Sibenik Chamber of Commerce's Josip Labura. Output from the nearly 10 MW wind farm is projected at 25 GWh a year, enough for 8000 inhabitants. As with Enersys' 11.2 MW Trtar-Krtolin wind farm, also near Sibenik, all the electricity from the Grebastica plant will be bought by Croatian power company Hrvatska Elektroprivreda over a period of 15 years. Enersys says the Trtar-Krtolin plant has produced about 62 GWh since starting operation in 2006. Wind power investors have shown keen interest in the Sibenik region after the local authority earmarked 17 locations for development with an estimated potential for 250 MW of installed capacity. The Chamber of Commerce has received 110 wind farm applications for five times the generating capacity the grid can handle, says Labura.

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