Countdown to energy independence: 19 of 22 solar power plants have been installed, the first to be commissioned on VVG

At the end of November, 22 solar power plants will be put into operation on public buildings in Velika Gorica, which are being installed or have already been installed within the project Velika Gorica solar city – COUNTDOWN.

Buildings that will soon start using solar energy will significantly increase their savings, their commissioning will raise the capacity for the production of solar energy in the city area, all with the aim of raising the awareness of citizens in renewable energy sources. Velika Gorica is thus going in a positive direction of using renewable energy sources, and after kindergartens, schools, polytechnics, Public University and others, it will be the turn of more residential buildings and family houses.
This was pointed out today at the press conference held on the occasion of the workshop that is being held within the mentioned project in the premises of SRC Velika Gorica. The conference was attended by the project partners – representatives of the Regional Energy Agency of North-West Croatia, Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar and the City of Velika Gorica.

– Velika Gorica is 6. the largest city in the Republic of Croatia and builds almost 600 kW of solar power plants. The 22 buildings in this beautiful city will meet 37 percent of their own consumption with the energy of the sun. The project is significantly called “Countdown.”” That’s exactly what the message has to be: Velika Gorica our big thriving city will make even more solar power plants, and this is a nice start – says Julije Domac Director of REGEA.

Elementary schools, kindergartens, health facilities, fire stations, Polytechnic, Open University… A total of 22 buildings were chosen in order to equip the City with solar energy and motivate citizens to build similar on their own roofs.

-All solar power plants achieve savings, have their own energy production and so we save energy instead of consumption from the network we have our own consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, financial savings. At the building level, between 30 and 40 percent of its own electricity consumption will be saved, which is certainly enough and should be done on all buildings – Domac points out, adding that this is not the end and the potential of Velika Gorica for the use of solar energy is great.

We own more buildings. A football stadium that can become a solar stadium, new investments that are planned, but also multi-apartment buildings, family houses… The city is reflecting and will support its citizens. The solar potential of Velika Gorica is certainly as significant as the potential of the entire Croatia. We do not use enough solar energy compared to other European countries we are at the back, regardless of the relative foggyness, as it seems to us here in Velika Gorica, we can produce a lot, and use up to ten times more solar energy than we use today – he pointed out.

Velika Gorica is thus well on its way to becoming a city independent of external energy sources.

“This is an extremely important project where you will create this city independent of external energy sources, you will produce your own energy, which is phenomenal. Fortunately, one of the best regional energy agencies follows you in technical terms and I am glad that together we can count down the steps towards independence and greater use of renewable energy sources – said Matija Vajdić from EIHP.

On behalf of the City of Velika Gorica, Gordana Mikulčić Krnjaja, Head of the Department for Urban Planning and Environmental Protection, thanked for the cooperation and support in the implementation of the project.

The largest of the 22 solar power plants has been installed at the Nikola Hribar Elementary School, and according to the plan, work is currently underway on the facilities of several kindergartens and elementary schools in the city and its surroundings. Next week, the last power plant will be installed on the POU Velika Gorica building, and the expected end of the works is the end of October, while expectations are that the power plants should be put into operation on November 30.