January 7 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) said today it has been awarded 42 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in a government tender in Poland.
The 42 shovel-ready projects have capacities of up to 1 MW each and were developed by Innogy’s Polish subsidiary Innogy Renewables Polska. The power plants will be installed in the provinces of West Pomerania, Pomerania and Greater Poland, with construction slated to begin later this year.
Innogy secured the schemes in a tender held by the Polish Energy Regulatory Office and will receive incentives under Poland's Contract for Difference scheme. Although the individual capacity of the projects is small, the schemes are grouped in clusters that will enhance their construction and operations. According to Thorsten Blanke, head of solar power at Innogy, their implementation is the company’s “initial step towards developing a solar business in Poland.”
The 42 MW of projects are part of a larger portfolio that the German firm plans to build in Poland. Most of the schemes in it are now in advanced development and will be ready to take part in competitive auctions in 2021 or 2022, Blanke added.
Innogy has a 600-kW solar park in Poland and over 240 MW of wind farms.