Solar Adria

Providing the necessary knowledge and capacity to increase solar energy utilisation in the Adriatic.


The Adriatic region is an ideal place for solar energy systems. To meet energy and climate targets, national policies call for an increase of solar energy utilisation. However, the limited knowledge capacity of local decision-makers, and the lack of tools for guiding investments limits the inclusion of solar projects into the planning documents.

Drone photo of an integrated photovoltaic system on a parking lot in Croatia.

Drone photo of an integrated photovoltaic system on a parking lot in Croatia. Photo: (c) EIHP


To change this, the project employs various approaches. First, it fosters the participatory planning of solar energy utilisation. It does so by bringing together energy and spatial planning experts, decision makers and the interested public to discuss the siting of solar systems in urban areas. Secondly, the project provides local decision makers with a “How To” guide and with access to a SOLAR ADRIA platform, where they can draft plans for solar systems, assess technologic and economic feasibility of planned projects, and develop monitoring processes for their projects. To create a planning template, the project documents two pilot projects in Starigrad, Croatia and in Koper, Slovenia. Theses templates support municipalities across the region in replicating the process. Finally, workshops in Croatia and Slovenia, a seminar in Montenegro, and a regional final conference guarantee the wide dissemination of the knowledge and experiences gained throughout the project.

Project information

Updated: March 2021

Countries: Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia

Project duration: 10/20 - 09/22

Funding: 348,563 €

Target groups: Cities, towns and municipalities, Civil Society, Private sector

Implementing organisation: Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP)

Partners: Environment Programme (EnvPro), The Nature Conservancy in Europe, University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Biotechnology

Contact Person:

Željka Fištrek

Energy institute Hrvoje Požar

Savska cesta 163
10 000 Zagreb



The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on the EUKI: www.euki.de