The PGE Capital Group signed a letter of intent with Polskie Koleje Państwowe on the cooperation in the implementation of photovoltaic projects. The projects will be implemented on the land belonging to Polskie Koleje Państwowe, who with about 100 thousand hectares is one of the largest property owners in Poland.
From among the land of PKP, PGE wants to select parcels suitable for the construction of photovoltaic power stations. The first such land situated in the Śląkie, Łódzkie and Podkarpackie Voivodeships, favorable from the point of view of solar energy, has already been pre-selected. What is important is that PKP has declared its interest in purchasing the electricity produced by the solar plants implemented under the agreement.
In the coming months, a design team consisting of experts from PKP and PGE will perform a full inspection of the parcels of land and will choose the best of them for the projects. The signers of the letter assume that the agreement on the implementation of the first such project will be signed no later than in the first quarter of the next year.
Renewable energy sources will develop in Poland together with the conventional power industry as two mutually complementing elements. The energy mix must take account of and balance these two tracks of energy production, as in the long term this is the only effective solution and only such will succeed in the next decades. The advantage of conventional energy is a higher stability of the energy system, in turn the renewable sources mean better contribution to the climate protection. Conventional energy - modern, low-emission and safe - and renewable energy sources are two elements that we are able to reasonably combine in a system for the effect of synergy, says Adam Gawęda, Vice-Minister of Energy.
The project implemented with PKP is part of the PV Programme of the PGE Group, the objective of which is to reach around 2.5 GW of power from solar energy by 2030. PGE Energia Odnawialna has already signed a similar agreement with Grupa Azoty Kopalnie i Zakłady Chemiczne Siarki "Siarkopol". The project of the installed capacity of 5 MW and annual production of 4.97 GWh will be implemented on ten hectares of post-mining land in Osiek, in Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. According to the plans, a power plant consisting of about 16 thousand photovoltaic panels will commence in mid-2022.
The PGE Group is the leader in the sector of renewable energy sources in Poland. We have the largest share in hydropower and wind energy. The cooperation with PKP launched today is the next step to build a similar position also in the photovoltaic industry. With such projects we increase the share of carbon-free energy sources in our country and contribute to the energy transformation of the Polish economy, says Henryk Baranowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polish Energy Group.
The letter of intent signed shows that we are trying to use the huge potential of our property in every possible way. Photovoltaic power plants, just after the Innovative System Stations and the electric cars charging stations, is yet another project the principal objective of which is the use of modern technologies.
Actions aimed at the environmental protection are an important point in the strategy of Polskie Koleje Państwowe, says Krzysztof Golubiewski, Member of the Management Board of PKP.
We provide for the participation of photovoltaic projects in an auction system or in the framework of a corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This will allow Polskie Koleje Państowowe to buy green energy directly from the projects implemented, adds Arkadiusz Sekściński, acting President of PGE Energia Odnawialna.