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Hungary can reach its 2030 solar targets earlier than expected

The Hungarian solar power capacity goals for 2030, written in the National Energy Strategy and the National Energy and Climate Plan can be achieved in a shorter period of time, before 2030.

According to Tamás Tóth, Deputy Chairman of the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (MEKH), Hungary’s target is to expand its solar capacity to nearly 6,500 megawatts (MW) by 2030 and almost 12,000 MW by 2040. With the well-scheduled realisation of each step, the 2030 target can be reached sooner, while also maintaining the plan for 2040.

Speaking at the radio Trend FM, Mr Tóth added that in the field of renewables there is rapid development in Hungary since all solar capacity has now reached 2,000 MW and new solar power plants are constantly being built almost all over the country.

Strong growth can also be seen in the support for electricity generation using renewable energy sources, thanks to the METÁR tender. Just the first auction brought a significant price fall, with a maximum of 20 MW of power plants to be tendered for. The second tender had a limit of 50 MW.

The new generating units are causing fundamental changes in the energy system, such as the raising of decentralised energy production, which can have both advantages and disadvantage.

“It is good that we can use energy where we produce it, but at the same time the former electricity grid systems need to be adapted to new needs, which requires hundreds of billions of forints of improvements to the distribution and system operator networks,” said Mr Tóth, noting also the need to find regulatory mechanisms to keep the electricity system running in the long term.

“Charging electric cars or, for example, smart solutions at home will allow users to participate in supporting the operation of the system in the future,” he added. “The future belongs to active consumers, who can not only buy from the power grid but also offer their services.”

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