The Polish Energy Group (PGE) has revealed its plans to construct one of the largest photovoltaic farms in Bełchatów, located in central Poland.
A 60-megawatt power photovoltaic farm will be built on the landfill site near the Bełchatów power plant, the largest coal plant in the world which creates electric energy from brown coal. The construction will be overseen by PGE Renewable Energy, PGE Mining and Conventional Energetics (PGE GiEK).
The project is a part of the PV Program introduced by PGE, whose goal is to reach approximately 2.5 gigawatts of solar power by 2030, which is a part of the Polish energy project policy for 2040.
The “green energy” produced in the new PV farm will be able to cover the energy demands of up to 30,000 households.
“Through this, we are improving our position as the leader in the sector of renewable energy sources,” Henryk Baranowski, the CEO of PGE emphasized.
He added that there has already been investment in renewable energy near the Bełchatów plant, as there is also a wind farm comprised of 15 turbines which has already been in operation for 12 years.
Norbert Grudzień, PGE GiEK’s deputy head for investments, announced the construction of an additional PV installation of up to 125 megawatts of power at the Dolna Odra Power Station and a hydro dam on the Witka river near the Turów Power Station, which will produce one megawatt of electric energy, all from renewable sources.
PGE GiEK is also in possession of four other locations near the Bełchatów energy complex which will be used to construct additional photovoltaic installations.
PGE Renewable Energy is currently the largest producer of green energy in Poland. It owns 14 wind farms, 29 hydroelectric power stations, 4 pump-storage power stations, and one photovoltaic farm. The combined power of all these facilities is 2,188.9 megawatts.