Hungary is about to begin the construction of the country’s largest solar power plant.
According to MTI, the town of Felsőzsolca, in northeastern Hungary, has accepted an offer by state energy company MVM to become home to the country’s biggest solar power plant, with a capacity of 20MW.
MVM will set up 74,000 photovoltaic cells on 45 hectares of land and the plant will supply electricity to more than 11,000 households.
The state has earmarked 3.1 billion HUF (9.96m EUR) in central funding to the project.
We recently revealed how the government is providing 6.4 billion HUF (21m EUR) in financial support to build two solar energy plants.
Hungarowind Szélerőmű will receive 3.2 billion HUF for a solar plant in Orsozlány, and 3.1 billion HUF for a plant in Felsőzsolca, in northeastern Hungary.
According to officials, the plants will produce almost 155,000 gigajoules of renewable energy a year and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by some 42,000 tons each year.
In June 2017, we revealed how the Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (MEKH) said that commercial solar power capacity in Hungary could rise to 2,100 MW by the end of 2018.
MEKH noted that solar power plants operate on average for 1,050-1,200 hours per year in Hungary, generating enough power for 250 households for each half a megawatt of capacity.
MEKH said that in 2015, commercial power generation capacity using renewable resources stood at 837 MW.