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Autonomous photovoltaic system in the village Ajderovac (Lika region)
January 20, 2015
Name of GP initiative

Autonomous photovoltaic system in the village Ajderovac (Lika region)

Number of GP initiative  

Croatia/Lika-Senj County

Author/Email Ana Juras/Ana.Juras@mzoip.hr

Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection

Year of implementation: October 2011 to April 2012
Time horizon of initiative/map/etc.: Long term

General description:

The autonomous photovoltaic (PV) system in Ajderovac is a prime example of using renewable energy sources (RES) in areas that are not included in the electric power grid. The price of electrification using RES in this example represents a third or a quarter of the cost of traditional electrification. The production of electricity from the independent PV system can be monitored via Internet. Before the 5 kW solar PV system was installed, households had on average two hours of electricity per day, produced using a diesel aggregate, and had to spend a quarter of their annual income on fuel. Households now have electricity 24 hours a day, and the system can store sufficient electricity in batteries to cover several days without sun, when there is minimal production.

Steps in creating the initiative/roadmap/strategy:

The EPC concept first arose at the time of the industrial revolution, although the motivation has since changed. In recent years, energy supply and the related greenhouse gas emissions have become increasingly important issues, prompting a search for suitable political instruments to guarantee energy savings and reduce emissions. In this context, energy contracting is seen as an ideal instrument for guaranteeing energy savings and overcoming market barriers to energy efficiency.

Targets and target determination:


  • Minimal impact on the environment and reduction of CO2 emissions
  • Positive impact on air quality


  • New business opportunities (organic milk production, livestock farming)
  • Free energy (no bills)
  • Three to four times cheaper solution than traditional electrification


  • Development of family farms
  • Sustainable livelihoods for people in rural areas

Rural electrification by renewables is cheaper than "traditional" electrification, which includes the transmission and distribution of electric power via transmission grids. A total of 126 villages in Croatia are still on the list for electricity distribution network repair and restoration. A sum of HRK 50 million is needed for investments in traditional electrification.

Partners in the project

Energy Plus d.o.o., Ludbreg, Croatia
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Success factors/barriers:

One of the barriers to the larger roll-out of this type of project is the lack of criteria for priority setting in terms of grid connection or household PV installation.

Implementation costs:

HRK 187,576


Energy Plus d.o.o.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

Economic effects:

Cheaper electricity has a positive impact on household incomes, which ultimately has a positive economic and social impact.


This project also made possible free vocational training for a member of the Una Association in the village of Srb as a solar heating and PV system assembler. This person will be responsible for the maintenance of the system and will be the contact person in charge of organising study visits, which form part of the activities of the Zadar Solar Educational Centre.

This document was developed in the framework of the LOCSEE project.
European Union SEE Regional Policy Network collaboration area (members only) Regional Policy Network