Poland to host huge offshore wind farms despite restrictions - PM

“(...) they are in the initial phase of gaining various permits and in a few years we can have big wind farms on the Baltic,” the prime minister said. Pictured an offshore wind farm in the North Sea, Germany. /PAP/EPA

Addressing accusations that the government has frozen the development of wind farms in Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told public radio on Wednesday that some "huge projects" are being developed on the Baltic Sea.

"(...) they are in the initial phase of gaining various permits and in a few years we can have big wind farms on the Baltic," the prime minister said.

The PM explained that in the case of wind farms on land, many residents had complained and turbines situated close to residential areas had caused great controversy, as a result of which the government had introduced new, more restrictive regulations.

He added that the huge offshore projects currently awaiting permits would be "more efficient, much better" turbines that would really represent "a serious alternative to (other) sources" and could also be of significant support to the national energy system.

In addition, Morawiecki said that this year the capacity of solar power plants in Poland will triple to 1.5GW.