Poland built 800 MW of solar power installations in 2019

"Last year was a year of photovoltaic revolution, the revolution of green energy in Poland. Summarising the Energy Plus programme, we can say that Poles realised more than had been expected," Emilewicz said. Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

Poland built photovoltaic installations with a capacity of nearly 800 MW in 2019, four times more than expected, according to the Energy Plus programme data released at a press conference summarising the programme's outcomes on Wednesday.

The results show that Poles built home installations with almost 800 MW capacity in total, four times more than expected. The amount of photovoltaic systems is also bigger than in all previous years calculated in total, and produces as much power as the entire hydroelectric power plant in Zarnowiec, southern Poland. Along with all larger industrial installations, the total capacity of newly created green energy in Poland currently stands at 1,200 MW.

The conference was attended by Development Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, who said that Poland had become the fifth country in the European Union in terms of the growth of solar installations.

She added that the Polish government had proposed a programme, within which Poles may produce cheap and clean energy for their own purposes. "We enabled the realisation of pro-consumer installations for individual clients, and we simplified the procedure, thanks to which, over 76,000 new pro-consumer installations were set up last year," the minister noted.

"Last year was a year of photovoltaic revolution, the revolution of green energy in Poland. Summarising the Energy Plus programme, we can say that Poles realised more than had been expected," Emilewicz said.

Founded in 2019, the Energy Plus programme provides for the popularisation of solar installations, micro-loans and loan guarantees for such installations for households and companies in order to support investments in green energy.