From today, a city the size of Lublin will have electricity from the wind. The PGE Group has launched two new wind farms, Starza/Rybice and Karnice II. The investment project in the north-western part of the West Pomeranian Voivodeship comprises 43 turbines with a total installed capacity of nearly 100 MW. The project has increased the total installed capacity of PGE's wind farms by 20 percent to near 647 MW and strengthened the Group’s position as the Poland's largest manufacturer of green energy.
The Polish government has been consistently implementing actions aimed at reducing emissions with respect to the conventional basis and in dialogue with the public. The investment in wind farms not only improves the country's energy security, but is also of great importance for the region. It is the largest investment in wind farms in Poland. A total of 43 wind turbines with an expected annual energy production of 275 GWh will meet the energy needs of approximately 120,000 households. This is as much as a city the size of Lublin consumes during the year - said Jacek Sasin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State Assets, during the opening of the West Pomeranian project.
Within the framework of the project implemented in the area of Kamień Pomorski and Gryfice Poviats, 33 wind turbines with a nominal capacity of 2 MW and 10 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.2 MW were built together with the accompanying infrastructure and a grid connection in the form of two substations. For the foundations of all the wind turbines, 16,340 m³ of concrete (more than 1,800 courses of concrete trucks) and 2,120 tons of reinforcing steel (more than 8 Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger aircraft) were used. The turbines, each weighing about 260 tons, were mounted on 110 and 125 meter towers respectively. Their blades made of laminate (glass fibre/resin mixture) are 100 or 110 metres long in diameter.
Two new onshore wind farms commissioned today have increased the total installed capacity of the PGE Group's wind farms by nearly 20%, to 647 MW. PGE feels responsible for the development of low-carbon projects, which are of significant importance for the inhabitants of our country. At the same time, we are developing photovoltaic projects all over Poland and working intensively on the construction of wind farms in the Baltic Sea," says Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
The construction of new wind farms – which will allow to avoid the emission of over 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide – was made possible by winning the auction for the sale of electricity in renewable energy installations in 2018. For the needs of the undertaking called Cluster, apart from the power plant with accompanying infrastructure and grid connection, a thirty-kilometre-long high-voltage cable line between Kamień Pomorski and Skrobotowo was also built. It will contribute to the improvement of energy security and the operational parameters of the distribution network in the whole region.
In the PGE Group, the company responsible for the development of renewable energy sources is PGE Energia Odnawialna. Now it is the Poland's largest producer of green energy. The company owns 16 wind farms, 29 hydropower plants, 4 pumped storage plants and one solar farm on Mount Żar. The total installed capacity of all these facilities is 2286.1 MW.