In Poland, independent energy producer RP Global is developing a pipeline of wind and solar plants with a potential of over 1GW during the next two to around four years. By mid-2022, the first facilities from the pipeline will be operational, with five PV parks totaling approximately 180MW spread throughout Poland.
RP Global, which has offices in Spain and Austria, has been involved in Poland’s wind industry for over 15 years, and this is the company’s first foray into the country’s solar market. As a portion of the 50:50 joint venture with Marguerite Fund, the firm owns and runs two 104MW wind farms. Despite the lower radiation levels than in southern Europe, the firm claims that the dropping cost of the solar panels, as well as increasing capacities in Poland’s auctions, render the nation’s PV market “particularly important.”
“Despite the fact that Poland may not have been the first nation that comes to the mind of desirable solar radiation, the Polish government’s opening up for the low-cost, environmentally friendly technology, offering highly competitive LCOE, renders for an attractive market,” stated RP Global Chief Executive Officer Gerhard Matzinger. To put the portfolio to completion, the firm will work closely with local developers, as well as Wojciech Glocko, the ex-CEO of Polish wind power producer EPA Wind has been named to lead project growth.
“I am incredibly happy to be part of the RP Global’s management group and to lead this team of highly qualified local industry experts,” stated Wojciech Glocko, who serves as the managing director for growth in Poland. The Polish renewable energy market is rapidly expanding, and RP Global, as a well-established participant in the market, will perform a critical role in Poland’s decarbonization.”
“Poland’s renewable energy sector is rapidly expanding, as well as RP Global, as a well-established leader in the market will play a critical role in the country’s decarbonization,” Glocko stated. According to estimates from SolarPower Europe, Poland installed 2.2GW of solar energy last year, more than twice the amount installed in 2019. According to the trade group, only the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain installed more solar in the Europe region last year.
Poland introduced a new energy policy earlier this month that calls for the country to aim for 5-7 GW of solar PV power by 2030 when renewables are expected to account for at least 23% of total energy consumption. Polish solar associations, on the other hand, told PV Tech that these deployment goals undervalue the sector’s growth potential.