The German wind developer WPD has signed a contract with the turbine manufacturer Enercon, which includes sixteen wind turbines of 2.3 MW (36.8 MW of capacity in total). The wind turbines will go to a wind farm near the capital of Croatia, Dubrovnik, consolidating the position of both companies in the Balkan country.
Later this month will launch the third wind farm in Croatia in Sibenik-Knin, Croatia and consolidating the leading country in wind power in the Balkans. The excavation and construction of the wind farm began last July at Brdo, near Sibenik Crno between Podi and cities Vrpolje and Danilo.
The completion of the works of the wind farm is planned for late autumn this year. The project involves an investment of 14.2 million euros. The wind farm developer is the company Tudic Elektrocentar.
The wind farm has seven wind turbines with a total capacity of 11 MW. The turbines of 1.5 MW wind turbine blades and the company produces Leitwind of Austria, with direct drive technology.
Ponikve wind farm, which is about 45 miles northwest of Dubrovnik, will become the third WPD wind farm in Croatia, following the Trtar-Krtolin and Orlice. WPD is developing the project with the help of a financing agreement of EUR 35 million with KfW IPEX and Renewable Energy Fund.
The German promoter scheduled to arrive to site wind turbines in the spring of 2012 and the connection of the park before the end of that year. The network connection permits have already been achieved.
In late 2010, wind in Croatia amounted to only 70 MW, according to the World Wind Energy Association (World Wind Energy Association). However, the Croatian Strategy of Energy has proposed 1,250 MW by 2020, reaching up to 20% renewable energy in the electricity mix of the country in that year. WPD states that, in addition to Croatia, now operates in twenty countries worldwide and has completed projects totaling about 2,100 MW. Also the developer has a portfolio of projects totaling 7 GW.