Poland's PGE eyes 600 MW of solar at its coal-fired plant
Polish utility PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA announced plans to deploy 600 MW (megawatt) of solar, and potentially some wind power capacity, at the site of its Bełchatów coal-fired power plant in Łódź Voivodeship, central Poland, Renewables Now reports.
Under the plan, the utility will install the photovoltaic (PV) parks by the end of 2024 and possibly around 100 MW of onshore wind turbines within five to seven years.
The PV plants will span an area of over 500 hectares (1,236 acres). Some of them will be installed near the coal-fired complex's combustion waste landfill. PGE's proposal is part of the company's strategy to transform the 4.93-GW (gigawatt) lignite-fired power complex, which is the largest thermal power station in Europe but also the largest emitter of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the EU. The capacity will be gradually phased out and replaced by clean power.
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