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Poland forges partnership for the development of its PV industry

Poland’s Climate Ministry announced that it initiated a partnership with industrial stakeholders and concluded a sector agreement to scale up the national photovoltaic (PV) industry.

“One of the main pillars of the transformation process in our country will be the further, dynamic development of renewable energy sources, which was clearly emphasised in the Draft Energy Policy of Poland until 2040,” Minister of Climate Michał Kurtyka pointed out.

In the past years, solar energy was driving the growth of generation capacity from renewable technologies in Poland, now it is the second-largest renewable source in the Polish power system after wind energy.

“The total installed PV capacity amounted to nearly 2,650 megawatts (MW) at the beginning of August, which is about a fourth of the installed capacity across all renewable energy technologies in Poland,” highlighted the Minister adding that the extensive cooperation between the government and the industry is essential to maintain the dynamic growth of the sector.

“Polish industrial companies from the PV industry will officially join forces today,” reflected Ireneusz Zyska, Deputy Minister for Climate on the new partnership.

The Deputy Minister underlined that the main goal of the plan spearheaded by the Climate Ministry is to mobilise and consolidate the domestic supply chain for photovoltaics, as well as to develop an industrial strategy and proposals for the contribution of Polish industry to the European Green Deal.

According to the newly-adopted National Energy Policy until 2040, renewable energy sources are expected to account for at least 23 per cent of the final gross energy consumption. Alongside offshore wind and nuclear energy, PV is considered to be one of the main elements of Warsaw’s plan to reduce emissions.

The tabled update of the long-term energy strategy aims to reduce the share of coal in electricity production to 56 per cent by 2030 and to 28 per cent by 2040 from the current 75 per cent.

Poland is the only country that has not provided a planned date of achieving decarbonisation. According to estimations, in the best-case scenario, the country could become climate-neutral by 2056, but it might be as late as 2067.

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