New sources of solar power planned within 20 years: PM

During a livestream on Facebook, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that his government plans to add 20 GW of solar power to the grid in the next 20 years.

“In our plan for the next 10-20 years, there is at least 10 gigawatts of power. I think we can even surpass it. In some assumptions we have up to 20 gigawatts of solar power,” said the Prime Minister.

According to Sunergo company, at the end of 2018, the solar energy installations in Poland had a combined power of around 500 MW, an increase from 195.7 MW in 2017.

“Nowadays we have a very good increase in the power of solar energy plants. This year the solar panels power might even triple, from 500 MW, to 1.5 GW. This means we will have a significant share of our electrical power coming from solar energy,” claimed Mr Morawiecki.

According to Polish Power System operator (PSE) currently, Poland’s network of power plants has a combined electrical energy generation capacity of 44.6 GW, an increase from 34,8 GW in 2003.

Prime Minister also said that the government will put effort into establishing wind power turbines offshore, where conditions are more suitable than on land. The capacity of wind power plants in Poland in 2018 was 5,864 GW.

According to Eurostat data Renewable energy made up 10.9 percent of Polish energy consumption in 2018, down from peak 11.7 in 2015.