Solar Power for Reducing Emissions

About the project


  • Project title: Solar Power for Reducing Emmisions
  • Project acronym: SOPOREM
  • Project duration: 1.5.2022 – 30.4.2024

Project summary

Production of energy from renewable sources plays an important role in tackling climate change and environmental challenges; above all, it holds an enormous untapped potential.

While electricity consumption in logistics and port operations is high, exploitation of solar energy offers an opportunity to reduce both energy costs and CO2 emissions. The project focuses on kick-starting renewable energy production in the Port of Koper and Municipality of Koper through construction of two solar power plants which will help reduce carbon footprint and bring down greenhouse gas emissions.

With the support of the Norwegian project partner, the project explores the best possible solution for the use of renewable energy sources, providing insights and giving directions for the future. The project will enable an exceptional 14-percent increase in the current cumulative capacity of solar power plants in the entire Coastal-Karst region. It will also ensure greater energy self-sufficiency of the only Slovenian cargo port and help lower dependence on price fluctuations in the electricity market. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the increased use of solar energy in Slovenia’s most sun-rich region.

In the initial phase, the project will address various aspects of solar energy utilization, including the construction of solar power plants, the selection of the best locations for the installations, the selection of photovoltaic panels, energy consumption options and storage of its surpluses. Justification will be given for the investment in the construction of solar power plants compared to other ways of exploiting renewable sources (wind farms, geothermal energy etc.) at the selected location. The overall goal of the project is to increase the production of energy from renewable sources.

The overall goal:

The overall goal of the project is to increase the production of energy from renewable sources.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  1. Construction of a solar power plant in the port of Koper with an approximate installed capacity of 3 MW.
  2. Construction of a solar power plant in the Municipality of Koper with an approximate installed capacity of 270 kW.

Target groups:

  • general public
  • local authorities
  • large companies


Financial mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA)

The project is co-financed by the Financial Mechanism Program of the European Economic Area (EEA), through which the countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway allocate 1.5 billion euros in grants to 15 beneficiary countries in the period 2014-2021. The program allocates EUR 19.9 million in funds to Slovenia

The five priority sectors in the period 2014–2021 are:

  1. Innovation, Research, Education and Competitiveness
  2. Social Inclusion, Youth Employment and Poverty Reduction
  3. Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy
  4. Culture, Civil Society, Good Governance, and Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
  5. Justice and Home Affairs

The holder of the EEA Financial Mechanism is the Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development (MKRR).

More information:


Project holder

LUKA KOPER pristaniški in logistični sistem, d.d.

Project coordinator:

Tina Bizjak
Phone: +386 5 66 56 506

Project partners

Mestna občina Koper

Project coordinator:

Darka Jezeršek Žerjal
Phone: +386 5 66 46 353


Project coordinator:

Ketil Strøm-Larsen
Phone: +4795170491