• BayWa has started construction on a 64.6 MW solar project site in Poland
  • It claims this will be ‘by far’ the largest subsidy free solar park in the country on completion
  • JinkoSolar and Huawei are providing their solar modules and string inverters, respectively
  • Project will generate 68 GWh of solar power annually once it is commissioned in Q1/2021

By the end of 2020, Poland may have its largest solar power plant up and running with BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH breaking ground on a 64.6 MW project to be built without state subsidies. Power generated is to be sold locally to an industrial client under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA); discussions are at an advanced stage, said the German company.

The 64.6 MW Witnica Solar Park is being build between Poznan and Berlin, near Witnica close to the German border. BayWa says this project will deliver the ‘most cost-efficient energy possible’ in the country, a total of 68 GWh annually on completion.

JinkoSolar of China is to supply its Mono Perc Half Cell Modules for this project with 405 W to 400 W output while Huawei will provide 500 string inverter components and BayWa/Zimmermann will be deploying their mounting systems. Project completion is scheduled for November 2020 with full commissioning due in Q1/2021, as per current timeline.

BayWa claims to have another 600 MW of solar projects in its development pipeline in Poland where it is present in the wind and solar space since 2009.

The Polish Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO) believes by the end of 2020, the country may have a cumulative installed solar PV capacity of 2.5 GW, increasing from 1.5 GW at the end of 2019, which would turn Poland into a GW-scale market for the first time this year.