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The Cumulative Installed Capacity Of Photovoltaics In Poland Reached 281.4 MW In 2017
- Apr 23, 2018 -


The cumulative installed capacity of photovoltaics in Poland reached 281.4 MW in 2017


      According to a new report issued by PV Poland, the accumulated installed PV capacity in Poland at the end of December 2017 was 281.4 MW.


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      The new installed capacity in 2017 was approximately 81 MW, while the newly installed PV capacity in 2016 was 101 MW.


      Of the cumulative installed capacity, approximately 107 megawatts of capacity includes installations built by the green certification scheme and registered by the local energy regulatory agency URE; while the remaining 174 megawatts are based on net metered installed photovoltaic systems.


       Lublin Province has the largest share of photovoltaic installations with a capacity of approximately 30 MW, followed by Podrasi Province with 12.6 MW, Poland with 9.3 MW and Silesia with 8 MW. All these provinces are located in the southern part of Poland.


      The Polish Solar Energy Association stated that although Poland's PV market is not yet fully developed, up to 1 GW of PV may be connected to the grid by 2020. This will be made possible through a series of auctions being implemented by the Polish government.


      The Polish government provides incentives for large-scale photovoltaic projects through net metering (up to 40 kilowatts) and provides auction mechanisms for large-scale projects. Under the net metering scheme, photovoltaic power plant operators with a size of up to 10 kilowatts will be able to return 80% of the electricity per kilowatt of electricity injected into the power system, while the owners of photovoltaic systems from 10 kilowatts to 40 kilowatts will return 70%.


       As for the auction mechanism, the Polish authorities plan to award about 750 megawatts of solar energy capacity in the auction of this year's 1 MW photovoltaic project. In addition, the government is considering hosting a hybrid wind energy solar auction, and more than one megawatt of solar energy projects may also have a good chance of success.

Last year, planned auctions with capacities of more than 1 megawatt were cancelled by the Polish government because changes to the national renewable energy law relating to EU state aid rules were not introduced on time.