Poland Takes Steps To Decrease CO2 Pollution
Poland has just opened a new photovoltaic plant in the village of Gralewo, located in northern Poland.
The solar power plant in Gralewo is the first of 43 similar facilities that are to be constructed by the end of Q2 of 2019 by Sun Investment Group, a Lithuanian investment management and development company in partnership with energy group E-Energija and solar photovoltaic construction company I+D Energias.
Solar energy produced in the new photovoltaic plant in Gralewo delivers energy to the national energy system daily, actively contributing to the improvement of air quality in Poland. Solar panels, which cover 2.1826 hectares of land in Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodship, with its peak power of 998,47 MW, are expected to provide annual energy output at the level of 1040 MWh and to save 920 tonnes of CO2 per year.
The whole project portfolio, with its cumulative power of 42,36 MWp, will approximately account for 15% of the country's total solar market. It will become an important part of Poland’s commitment of increasing its renewable energy production, contributing to the vital part of national energy security system. Poland has a goal to meet the EU greenhouse gas emission targets by 2020, when 20% of energy will have to come from renewable sources. In addition, solar energy plant expansion will help local Polish municipalities to modernize their image.
“Construction of photovoltaic installations is a financial benefit for land owners on whose properties they are built. It is also beneficial for municipalities - thanks to the construction of solar farms, they are perceived as modern and open to innovations," said Deividas Varabauskas, CEO and Managing Partner of Sun Investment Group. “Gralewo plant with its expected production of over 1000 MWh will also save almost 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year that would be otherwise emitted to the atmosphere during the production of the same amount of energy using fossil fuels like hard coal," Varabauskas added. Newly constructed plant is situated in Gralewo, Płośnica commune, Działdowo county. For this investment, Sun Investment Group decided to use 3,696 pieces of Jinko solar modules, inverters by Sungrow and transformer station produced by ELQ S.A. Construction of the plant took 4 weeks. The farm, connected to the electricity grid operated by Energa, is a part of Polish national energy system providing it with ca. 3 MWh of electricity every day. It is the amount of energy that an average Polish household would use over a period of 1,5 years or would equate to streaming of 6 hours of TV a day for over 27 years