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TAURON launches first cable pooling PV farm




Polish power company TAURON announced last Thursday (28 December) that it has begun the construction of a photovoltaic (PV) farm in Postomino (northwestern Poland) with a total capacity of 90 megawatts (MW).


This is set to be TAURON’s first project implemented in the cable pooling formula, which would be connected to the existing wind farm in Marszewo. The first electricity from this power plant is expected to flow in 2025.


“Photovoltaic and wind power plants will play a key role in TAURON’s generation mix after 2030. Including the Postomino farm, we have three photovoltaic farms under construction with a total capacity of 200 MW and five wind farms with a capacity of over 160 MW,” said Paweł Szczeszek, President of the TAURON Group. “Great opportunities in the development of renewable energy are provided by sharing the so-called connection. Combining RES sources in this form may translate into optimisation of the use of the sources’ connection capacity and greater investment profitability,” said Mr Szczeszek.


The PV farm is to consist of 135,000 PV panels, each with a power of 665 Wp, and is estimated to cover the electricity needs of 46,000 households. TAURON Zielona Energia will be responsible for implementing the project.


“The rules for connecting renewable energy sources to the power grid in the form of connection sharing, for example, ‘cable pooling,’ were specified in the recent amendment to the Act on renewable energy sources. Thanks to the sharing of connection infrastructure and energy storage facilities, there are more opportunities to build new wind farms and optimise already operating renewable energy sources,” said Wojciech Więcławek, President of TAURON Zielona Energia.


The Marszewo wind farm was commissioned in 2013 and expanded in 2015. Currently, the power plant consists of 50 wind turbines with a total capacity of 100 MW. The annual production of electricity covers the electricity needs of 120,000 households.

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