€25m Granted to Increase Solar and Geothermal Energy Capacities

By 24 May 2022

ZAGREB, 24 May 2022 - Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds Nataša Tramišak handed over 35 grant agreements worth €24.7 mn for projects to increase solar and geothermal energy capacities as part of the Energy and Climate Change Programme.

The funds have been secured within the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (2014-2021).

Ninety-two applications were received for this competition.

The projects that were agreed to and signed today are designed to increase solar energy capacities and geothermal energy production capacities for heating, Tramišak said and added that the call for project applications was intended for local government and the public sector.

She believes that there are numerous geomorphological possibilities that can be used for heating.

"The journey ahead will be a long one but we have the resources and experience," she added.

The new European Commission Financial Framework has foreseen more than €2 billion just for our country to increase its energy efficiency.

She said that the EU plans to decrease the use of fossil fuels but also increase the use of renewable energy sources.

State-secretary in the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Energy Mario Šiljeg underscored that Russia's attack on Ukraine has accelerated the EU's aspirations toward decarbonization by 2050.

He emphasized that Croatia stimulates energy from renewables and sustainable sources. That is important with regard to decreasing dependency on Russian energy sources but also in the fight against climate change. He said that Croatia has strong geothermal potential.

He pointed out the importance of the European Commission's RePowerEU which was recently released and comprises four main activities: saving energy, diversifying energy imports, replacing fossil fuels and accelerating the transition to clean energy.

According to the EC's plan, Croatia's Janaf oil pipeline company will be given international importance, and capacities at the LNG terminal on Krk Island should also be increased.

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