12 Jun 2020
At the end of May, Poland had reached 1.95 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity, after installing roughly 653 megawatt (MW) projects during the first five months of 2020.
If the current trend of growth in energy continues over the coming months, the country is looking to become a gigawatt market in terms of annual additions, for the first time this year.
Polish grid operator Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) said that Poland had hit 1,953.1 MW of installed solar capacity at the end of May.
During the month of May alone, newly installed capacity stood at 120.4 MW, with new additions for the first five months of the year reaching 653 MW.
On June 10, PSE tweeted: “The capacity installed in the #PV in KSE 1.06.2020 was 1953,1 MW (based on the data transmitted to the TSO). This represents an increase of 176.38% year-on-year and 6.57% year-on-year in the period V 2020-VI 2020 #OZE #energetyka”
At the end of last year, the grid operator had reported 1.29 GW of cumulative solar energy in Poland, climbing from 1 GW in late September 2019. This also marked a significant increase from the 486 MW registered at the end of 2018.
The robust growth is mainly attributed to incentives for rooftop PV, as well as net metering access being extended to businesses.
The Polish government uses renewable energy auctions to authorize commercial and industrial PV and large-scale solar energy.