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  • Croatia has excellent conditions, locations and need for solar energy with high solar radiation, completed urbanistic planning, incentives preparing for EU membership. But so far only few larger projects had been implemented with limited use of individual solar panels. 
  • RELINK has identified a large number of potential projects ready for location permit, for pre-studies and pilot projects in Croatia.
  • Production and sale of small individual solar units is a merging market. RELINK has worked on feasibility studies since 2007.
  • Research in solar energy in Croatia has experienced rather strong support during the 1970s and 80s. However, starting from late 1980s there are wide gaps in solar radiation measurements on meteorological stations of Croatian State Meteorological Service.
  • Solar radiation data of good quality is increasing as possible for the design and optimization of systems for solar energy utilization. Solar energy in Croatia, in spite of very good solar energy potential, is very much under utilized.
  • Two grid connected installations are brought on-line in last two years, totaling 12,74 MW. It is estimated that 12-15 000 m2 of solar thermal collectors are currently operational and passive solar applications, in form of passive solar houses, are only anecdotal.
  • Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar and the State Meteorological Service initiated development of Solar Radiation Atlas in Croatia completed in 2005, based on existing solar radiation data and knowledge. The Atlas provides information needed for design of solar energy conversion systems and covers 43 locations in Croatia.
  • Ministry of Economy, Department of Energy and Division for Renewable Energy is responsible for Solar Energy in Croatia. 
  • The implementation of the project entitled "Approximation of EU Renewable Energy Legislation and Energy Efficiency Labelling" – RELEEL started in September 2007. The project is financed by the European Commission through CARDS2004 programme (Community Assistance for Reconstruction, Development and Stabilization). The final evaluation was presented in spring 2009.
  • HEP Renewable Energy Sources, a daughter company of HEP, was founded in October 2006 for the purpose of grouping and supporting renewable energy projects. 
  • A feed-in tariffs for renewable electricity in Croatia are in place, but have resulted in only small number of projects build and many trapped in the pipeline, a full review of secondary legislation for renewable energy resources has been completed in 2009, taking into account the results of new energy strategy, new renewable energy action plan, expected changes in European legislation and the feed-in tariffs review.
  • The set of secondary legislation acts linked to renewable energy is in force providing detailed procedure on how to obtain the status of privileged producer. 
  • The technical assistance suggests simplifications to the current secondary legislation for RER and cogeneration, it will include new RER and cogeneration technologies, it will suggest new shares of RER and cogeneration electricity for each year 2010-2015, and will draft new set of secondary legislation for RER and cogeneration.

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