Under the agreement, PGE Energia Odnawialna will lease land with a total area of 94.21 ha from PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, where it will build one of the country's largest photovoltaic installations located near a coal-fired power plant. The project will also cover areas situated in the vicinity of the Bełchatów Power Plant's combustion waste landfill. "Green energy" produced in the new PV farm will be sufficient to cover the energy needs of about 25 thousand households.
We are witnessing a very important event on the Polish energy market, which transforms in the low-carbon direction. Today PGE is the leader of the RES sector in Poland. We have the largest share in hydropower and wind energy and the project initiated today will allow us to build a similar position also in the photovoltaics sector. It is also worth noting that this project is an excellent example of a good, mutually complementary, cooperation of the companies of the PGE Capital Group and the search for synergy effects wherever possible – says Ryszard Wasiłek, Vice President of the Board for Operations of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
With the energy complex in Bełchatów, PGE GiEK has a total of four locations that can be used for the construction of photovoltaic installations. In addition to the land currently leased by PGE Energia Odnawialna, it is an internal dumping ground area of the Bełchatów Field with an area of approx. 11 ha of land, a storage area for accompanying raw materials with the area of approx. 31 ha and an internal dumping ground of the Szczerców Field – "Bliźniacza Góra Kamieńsk" with an area of approx. 47 ha.
The decision to allocate the first so large photovoltaic farm near the Bełchatów Power Plant is the confirmation of our commitment to sustainable development in the area. Some may be surprised that PGE GiEK, as a company of the PGE Group producing energy from conventional sources, invests in the RES development but it is a proof that our mission is not only to ensure the energy security of Poland but also to use the potential of our facilities in accordance with the directions of the country's energy transition. It is worth stressing that there are increasingly more such projects within PGE GiEK. In addition to the construction of several photovoltaic farms near the Bełachatów energy complex, we are planning the construction of PV installations with a capacity of even 125 MW on the premises of the Dolna Odra Power Plant and we will rebuild a hydroelectric power plant on the Witka River near the Turów Power Plant, which will supply approximately 1 MW of electricity produced from renewable energy sources to the system – says Norbert Grudzień, Vice President for Investment and Asset Management of PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna.
The project which will be set up within the Bełchatów energy complex will be part of the PV Programme implemented by the PGE Group, whose objective is to achieve around 2.5 GW of power from solar energy by 2030. Is it also in line with the prepared draft of "Energy Policy of Poland until 2040".
This will be another project near the Bełchatów Power Plant implemented by PGE Energia Odnawialna, since at the top of Mount Kamieńsk our wind farm consisting of 15 turbines has been operating for 12 years. What is important, there is a big chance that the signing of the today's agreement is the start of greater cooperation with PGE GiEK in the area of RES – says Arkadiusz Sekściński, acting President of PGE Energia Odnawialna.
This year alone, PGE Energia Odnawialna signed letters of intent on the cooperation in the implementation of photovoltaic projects with Grupa Azoty and Zakłady Chemiczne "Siarkopol", KGHM Polska Miedź and Polskie Koleje Państwowe.
PGE Energia Odnawialna, a subsidiary of the PGE Capital Group, responsible for the implementation of the PV Programme throughout the Group, is currently the largest producer of green energy in Poland. It owns 14 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 2188.9 MW.