Tauron Dystrybucja, a member company of the state-owned energy giant Tauron Group, connected 34,632 renewables (RES) micro-installations to the power grid with a total capacity of 235 megawatts (MW).
The results for the first half of the year already exceed the number of micro-installations connected by the distribution company for the whole of 2019. All but one of these newly added systems used solar photovoltaic technology. The one exception was an agricultural biogas plant.
According to Wojciech Ignacok, President of the Management Board of Tauron, the results of the first six months prove that the energy revolution is taking place on the rooftops of Polish homes.
“We can see that even the coronavirus pandemic has not slowed down the pace of development of photovoltaics in Poland,” said Mr Ignacok adding that according to their estimations by the end of 2020 Tauron will connect approximately 70,000 micro-installations to the grid.
The company noted that the installed RES capacity was increasing progressively throughout the past years reaching 206 MW in total for last year. However, the first six months of 2020 already exceeded this level.
In the coming years, Tauron is preparing to counter the challenges arising from the development of renewables energy sources and changing grid operating conditions.
“Therefore, the company plans to launch, inter alia, dedicated investment programs aimed at increasing the potential for connecting further RES and the flexibility of the distribution network,” explained Jerzy Topolski, Vice President for Asset Management at Tauron.
“Properly functioning networks ensure the integration of producers, prosumers and consumers. Additionally, effective asset management requires quick access and analysis of a huge amount of data on the state of the network,” reads Tauron’s statement.
This implies the further development and integration of control and supervision systems such as smart metering systems for the power grid and thus the establishment of a network in line with the smart grid standard.
From January until the end of June, Tauron also connected twenty-three renewable energy sources other than micro-installations to its network, again with only one exception all new installations used solar photovoltaic technology. The total capacity of RES installations connected to Tauron’s network in the first half of the year was 254 MW.
Solar power is the fastest-growing RES segment in Poland. In 2018 Poland introduced dedicated support mechanisms for small producers of electricity from renewable sources and extended the prosumer settlement system for micro-installations in the framework of the Act on Renewable Energy Sources, as of 29 August 2019.
Just last month Tauron launched its first 6 MW solar power plant (Choszczno I) in northwest Poland. By 2025, the company is planning further investments in this field up to 300 MW of solar farms.