PGE Energia Odnawialna a company of the PGE Capital Group has signed a letter of intent with Grupa Azoty Kopalnie and Zakłady Chemiczne Siarki „Siarkopol” on the construction of a photovoltaic farm. The project with the installed capacity of 5 MW and the annual production of 4.97 GWh, most likely to be implemented outside the auction system, will be constructed on ten hectares of post-mining land of Grupa Azoty Siarkopol in Osiek, in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship.
According to the plans, a power plant consisting of about 16 thousand photovoltaic panels will commence in mid-2022.
This will be the Poland's first photovoltaic system built for a single industrial customer. Owing to the corporate PPA agreement (Power Purchase Agreement) allowing to purchase energy directly from the PGE Group, Grupa Azoty Siarkopol will have access to a clean and green energy on very favorable terms – says Henryk Baranowski, President of the Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
The project implemented with the nation's largest chemical group is part of a PV Programme of the PGE Group, the objective of which is to reach around 2.5 GW from solar energy by 2030.
PGE Energia Odnawialna is the leader in the sector of renewable energy sources in Poland. We have the largest share in electricity from hydropower and wind power plants. Now we want to build up a similar position also in the photovoltaic says Paweł Śliwa, Vice President of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna for Innovation.
The company is interested in land not used in the operations of the PGE Capital Group such as ground in Osiek, where industrial activity has been terminated. The construction of solar power plants will allow to give them a new function and may become an important element of their reclamation.
We are a company where special attention is given to the issues related to the protection of the environment. The cooperation with PGE Energia Odnawialna, Poland's leader of renewable energy sources, will help us to reduce significantly the so-called carbon footprint, i.e. the total greenhouse gas emissions resulting from our activities. In addition this project will allow us to not only optimize costs through lower predictable costs of energy but it will also be important for the region in view of the additional tax revenue for municipalities – says Trajan Szuladziński, President of the Board of GA Siarkopol.
PGE Energia Odnawialna does not exclude that in future years, in view of the land resources owned by GA Siarkopol, the partners will built other PV power plants with the total capacity of even several dozen megawatts, this time in the formula of a joint undertaking (company), with use of the possibilities offered by the auction support system.
In the framework of cooperation, the PGE Group shall considers also equipping the PV power plant with energy storage. It could be used as a buffer matching the production of the system to the demand of GA Siarkopol or as a backup power source.
By signing the letter of intent on the construction of a photovoltaic farm in the municipality of Osiek, we are witnessing an event without precedent in the Polish market of renewable energy. Thanks to the cooperation of the largest Poland's energy and chemical groups, a first Polish PV power plant that will sell electricity without the support in the form of auction or green certificates will be constructed says Arkadiusz Sekściński, acting President of PGE Energia Odnawialna.