January 17 (Renewables Now) - Poland closed 2019 with almost 1.3 GW of solar power generation capacity, up 175.7% year-on-year, according to data available to the local transmission system operator (TSO).
PSE SA said on Twitter earlier this week that the country's installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity stood at 1,299.6 MW on January 1, 2020.
Poland reached its first solar gigawatt in the autumn of 2019, mainly thanks to microinstallations like rooftop solar systems. Warsaw-based think tank Forum Energii said at the time that the next gigawatt of solar capacity will come much faster than the first with the help of microinstallations again, but also thanks to renewable energy auctions, corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs), and new business models like direct electricity trading.
The Polish clean energy auctions held at end-November and December 2019 contracted 800 MW of solar capacity from projects smaller than 1 MW and 40 MW from megawatt-scale installations. The price per MWh for the small systems ranged from PLN 269 (USD 70.84/EUR 63.55) to PLN 327, while large-scale solar farms will sell at PLN 233/MWh.
(PLN 1 = USD 0.27/EUR 0.24)