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A conference on "Solar energy for sustainable development of Georgian Cities" was held in Tibilisi on 5 September. The conference was organised by the Institute of Renewable Energy (IEO) as part of the work on the "Photovoltaics for Georgian Cities" project, which is being implemented by IEO in cooperation with the Energy Efficiency Centre in Georgia (EECG), commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in agreement with the Georgian government and with the support of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Ministry of Development and Technology (MDT).

The project focuses on promoting and supporting the implementation of photovoltaic (PV) investments in five Georgian cities: Khokhatauri, Gori, Kutaisi, Poti and Zugdidi. The objective of the activities is to develop 10-12 feasibility studies for pV investments on public buildings (or in their immediate surroundings), which will translate into accelerating the energy transformation of Georgian communities. You can read more about the project here.

The conference was opened by Mr. Marco Matteini, Project Officer from UNIDO's side, who welcomed the guests and introduced the topics of the project. After that, the representatives of the Georgian and Polish governments gave their speeches. Poland’s Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Mariusz Maszkiewicz, was present at the conference. He reaffirmed his approval and support for the ongoing project, seeing it as a great potential and an opportunity to strengthen international cooperation. Representatives of Georgian ministries were also present. Ms. Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, emphasized the project's value for the development of Georgian cities. The Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development was represented by Deputy Minister Mr. Romeo Mikautadze, while Mr. Shota Gunia represented the Georgian Ministry of Finance.

The Institute for Renewable Energy presented at a press conference the tenth-anniversary edition of the report "Photovoltaic Market in Poland 2022". Every year, it publishes current analyses of the PV market and its development prospects. The report is a complete summary of the state and trends in the photovoltaic market in Poland. It is prepared in cooperation with companies from the industry. Partners of this year's report are BayWa r.e., mBank, Soltec and Alseva, Corab, OX2, PCWO Energy, Polenergia Fotowoltaika.

As a result of regulatory changes and rising electricity prices, 2021 ended with spectacular success for the PV industry. The installed photovoltaic capacity at the end of 2021 was 7.6 GW and the growth of new capacity was over 3.7 GW (the market growth rate exceeded 105%). As in previous years, a considerable contribution was made by individual prosumers (almost 80% market share). The auction system also brought measurable effects - the first gigawatt of capacity in photovoltaic farms is already feeding energy into the grid.

Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO) in cooperation with an international consortium is starting a project called ComBioTES concerning the demonstration in Poland, France, Denmark and China of compact heat storage for buildings using RES-based electro-heating. Buildings belonging to prosumers are considered, as well as those using dynamic tariffs for green electricity or heat purchased from the grid. The project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, coordinated by the Research Centre for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA) of Grenoble, France.

The Institute of Renewable Energy begins work on the next edition of the report Photovoltaic Market in Poland 2022. This year, it will be the 10th anniversary edition. The report will once again be based on market research conducted by the Institute among key representatives of the PV industry, its own analyses and external data, e.g. from the Energy Regulatory Office (URE), Polish Transmission Grid Operator (Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne) and cross-sectional international reports.

The Institute for Renewable Energy (IEO) is leading the project "Transition of Georgian regions and communities towards a sustainable energy future" - PV for Georgian Cities. The project is sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and is being implemented in agreement with the Government of Georgia, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland (MSZ) and Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MRiT). The aim of the project is to promote the use of solar energy and to implement photovoltaic (PV) technology in five Georgian cities.

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