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Promotion of renewable energy use in private households in Croatia/ North-west Croatia Regional Energy Agency, Croatia


The project “I can have solar collectors too” was conducted in three North-West Croatian counties: Karlovac County, Krapina-Zagorje County and Zagreb County.
This is the first project in North-West Croatia that provides subsidies directly to citizens for using solar water heaters in their private homes. The project was implemented by the North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency (REGEA) and financed by the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund (FZOEU) and County budgets. The main objectives of the project were to promote RES usage in households, to increase energy production from RES and to reduce GHG emission. The project has achieved great success and has become one of the most recognized RES projects in Croatia. Due to the great interest of residents, all three counties will continue this project in coming years.


The main benefits of this project are the following:

  • Increased use of solar energy and significant reduction in CO2 emissions in three counties;
  • Increased level of knowledge regarding solar energy and new technologies among citizens;
  • Improvement of life conditions in local communities, 
  • Significant affirmative impact on local economy – solar systems providers, installers, etc.

Installation of solar systems for hot water preparation will unavoidably result in a significant energy saving. Total annual energy saving per household is estimated to approximately 4 194 kWh. In the first phase of the project, which includes installation of solar collectors in 130 households in three counties, the total annual energy savings amount to 545 260 kWh. The expected annual reduction for 130 households in three counties amounts to 176 t. CO2 emissions.

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