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Sun Investment starts up 42 MW Polish solar plant

The first stage of Sun Investment’s 42 MW solar plant in northern Poland has started up, the Lithuanian-Spanish group said on Wednesday

The Gralewo plant, which accounts for 15% of Poland’s installed solar capacity, is the first of 43 similar facilities the company plans to build by the second quarter of next year.

The facility will help Poland reduce CO2 emissions and marks a small step in lessening the eastern European nation’s dependence on coal-fired power generation.

“It will become an important part of Poland’s commitment of increasing its renewable energy production, contributing to [a] vital part of [the] national energy security system, Sun Investment said.

Sun Investment has previously said it planned to more than double current solar capacity in Poland from 200 MW currently, adding another 250 MW by 2020.

The firm secured 15-year contract for difference tariffs via an official public auction last summer to build an initial 42 MW of solar capacity.

Poland aims to install 2,700 MW of renewable capacity by 2022 on top of an existing 900 MW to help meet EU goals of reducing carbon emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Coal and lignite-fired plants currently provide 80% of the electricity consumed in the country.

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