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The Institute for Renewable Energy has prepared the latest database of photovoltaic projects in Poland. As of Q3 2023, the database contains 6,929 projects with connection conditions issued, with a total capacity of more than 18 GW. Compared to the previous database with information at the end of Q1 2023, there was a 41% increase in the number of projects and a 46% increase in the total capacity (during the six months, the full capacity of valid conditions for connection of photovoltaic installations to the grid almost tripled).

A large number of valid grid connection conditions and refusals for new projects

The figure below shows the distribution of photovoltaic projects with still valid grid connection conditions issued charted from November 2021 to October 2023, along with information on the connection agreements concluded.

Achievement of Polish photovoltaics – key data

The IEO report „Photovoltaics market in Poland 2023” shows that the year 2022 was very good for the photovoltaic sector in Poland, better even than the record year of 2021. In 2022, photovoltaics was yet again the leader and the main driving power for the increase in RES market in Poland. According to data of the Energy Regulatory Office, the accumulated power installed in PV at the end of 2022 amounted to more than 12.4 GW, which in comparison to 2021 (7.7 GW) meant a record increase of more than 4.7 GW in new power and constitutes a record 61% increase in market growth.

At the end of the first quarter of this year, the total power of PV installations exceeded 13 GW, with the share of prosumers being 74%, the share of small installations (50–1000 kW) 21%, and large PV farms 5%. The importance of energy from PV installations in energy production in Poland increased significantly. The share of PV energy in electric power from RES increased from 3% in 2019 to more than 23.3% in 2022 and 4.5% in the total generation structure (four years ago, it was only 0.4%).

At the end of 2021, the power installed in European Union countries in photovoltaics amounted to 198 GW, which means an annual increase by 36 GW. EU countries achieved a 22% increase in PV installed power in comparison to 2021 – almost three times lower than in Poland. In 2022, Poland was ranked again on the second place, after Germany, in terms of increase in the PV installed power in the European Union. Simultaneously, as the only country in the Central and Eastern Europe, it was ranked among the first six EU countries in terms of total power installed.

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.

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