Slovenia intends to build a new windmill

The Slovenian government recently supported the construction of a wind farm with a nominal capacity of 21.6 megawatts on a mountain ridge near the border with Croatia.

As recently reported, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning announced in October 2019 that it was working on national zoning plans for eight wind farms, and the power company Dravske Elektrarne Maribor (DEM) announced that it intends to invest 65 million euros in three wind farms. – Ojstrica, Paški Kozjak and Rogatec.

The planned construction of the Rogatec wind farm will, in accordance with Slovenia’s energy policy, energy law and spatial development strategy, contribute to increasing the production of electricity from renewable energy sources, the government said in a press release.

On 8 July, the government adopted a decision on the implementation of the national plan for the zoning of six windmills on the Maceljska Gora ridge in the Rogatec area.

The project will be taken care of by Dravske Elektrarne Maribor, a branch of the state electricity group HSE. The type of production units does not yet need to be determined, although the investor plans to use technologically advanced units, both environmentally and efficiently.

The government notes that the project will contribute to increasing production from RES, while ensuring self-sufficiency in electricity supply and greater diversification and diversification of energy production sources in accordance with the principles of the country’s energy policy, Slovenian media report.

Six windmills, each with a nominal capacity of up to 3.6 megawatts or a combined capacity of 21.6 MW, are to be built in a sparsely populated northeastern corner of Rogatec municipality, at least half a kilometer from the nearest settlement.

The wind farm could produce 55 gigawatt hours of electricity. The units will be connected by a 20-kilovolt cable line to the planned Rogatec wind farm, and from there by two more cables to the Rogaška Slatina transformer and distribution station.

In accordance with the national energy and climate plan, Slovenia should obtain at least 27% of its final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. The share in 2018 was 21.1%.

Slovenia has 12 locations of different sizes, which have shown that the measurements are suitable for wind farms, but only two windmills actually operate; 2.3-megawatt and 0.9-megawatt units, both in the southwest.

In 2018, the production of both windmills was equivalent to only 0.04% of Slovenian energy consumption. They produced six gigawatt hours of electricity.

Despite public support for green energy, opposition to wind turbines and NIMBY initiatives against wind farms is generally high. It is worth mentioning that NIMBY refers to the abbreviation for the phrase “Not In My Backyard”.

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