ZE PAK switches on 70-MWp solar farm in Poland

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October 29 (Renewables Now) - Polish energy producer ZE PAK SA (WSE:ZEP) on Thursday said its 70-MWp solar farm in Brudzew commune in the Wielkopolska region of central Poland has started operations.

The solar farm, said to be the largest in Poland, is located in an area used until recently by Adamow Lignite Mine for opencast lignite mining. Polsat Plus Group will be one of the recipients of the power.

The project is part of ZE PAK’s transition to clean electricity generation and abandonment of lignite mining. “We want PAK to generate electricity only from renewable sources by 2030 - including, inter alia, from the Sun, wind and biomass. Soon – in Konin, we will also start production of green hydrogen - the fuel of the future,” commented Piotr Wozny, ZE PAK management board’s president.

Consisting of 155,554 photovoltaic (PV) modules, the facility was constructed by ESOLEO and PAK Serwis. It is expected to produce about 68,188 MWh a year.

According to the announcement, the project represents a net investment of PLN 163.8 million (USD 41.3m/EUR 35.4m) and was implemented entirely with private capital.

ZE PAK announced a loan to finance the construction of the solar park and a power purchase agreement for its output in March.

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