Renewables

Eurohold building Bulgaria’s largest solar power plant

Eurohold building Bulgaria largest solar power plant

Photo: Oregon Department of Transportation / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Published

December 20, 2022

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

December 20, 2022

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

The Verila facility, under construction in hilly terrain south of Sofia, is set to increase solar power generation in Bulgaria by up to 12%. Works on the photovoltaic plant, developed by Eurohold, started in September.

The construction of Bulgaria’s largest solar power plant is due to be completed by spring 2023. The facility will generate green electricity with a peak capacity of 124 MW. The project for another segment, of 50 MW, is under development.

As of late November, there was an overall 1.03 GW in active photovoltaic facilities in the country, according to a statement from the contractor, Sunotec, which cited data from an unofficial renewables registry.

The biggest ones, at 50 MW each in connection capacity, are called Pobeda and Karadzhalovo, the list shows. The first one is located in Aytos near the Black Sea Coast. The latter, near Plovdiv, is operated by Austria-based Enery. Separately, SENS LSG has just finished a solar power plant of 66 MW in peak capacity in Dalgo Pole in the Plovdiv area.

It means the project that is underway is set to add up to 12% to Bulgaria’s installed solar power capacity. The investor, Eurohold, bought ČEZ’s assets in the country in 2019.

Eurohold Sunotec Bulgaria largest solar power plant
Photo: Sunotec

Steepness is biggest challenge

Sunotec is a domestic company, but with a second headquarters in Germany. It said its employees started the works on the ground-mounted PV facility in September.

The location is in the Verila mountain range near Dupnitsa (Dupnica), a town south of capital Sofia. Sunotec stressed that the nature of the terrain is the greatest challenge. The company is tasked with engineering, project management, procurement and construction of the facility with 220,230 modules.

Lower temperatures contribute to solar power output

“The location of the solar power plant at an altitude between 700 and 1,000 meters above sea level, with slopes as steep as 18 degrees, is one of the most adventurous and unique in Europe. The lower temperatures caused by the high altitude contribute to the generation of additional power. However, this also means that we have to adapt the machinery as well as the sequence of implementation to the challenging topography of the site,” said Sunotec’s Country Manager Valentin Gospodinov.

The project is one of seven that Sunotec is currently implementing in Bulgaria.

Sunotec Bulgaria largest solar power plant
Photo: Sunotec

Eurohold is installing two substations on its own

The Verila project, in the vicinity of the village of Kraynitsi, spans 130 hectares. The investment is worth more than EUR 100 million, according to earlier announcements.

Just last week, the Municipal Council of Dupnitsa agreed to sign a preliminary contract with Verila Solar Park 2 for a photovoltaic plant on a 236-hectare site on Kraynitsi territory. Eurohold said it would install 50 MW and that the project is scheduled to be completed in 2024. It added that it is building two electricity substations and that they would be donated to the country’s Electricity System Operator (ESO).

Council member Emil Gushterov, chief of the municipal parliament’s economic commission, stressed that the two substations are worth a combined EUR 11.7 million. He estimated that the investor’s donations to the municipality through infrastructure would be worth EUR 102,000.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Bulgaria had 1.2 GW in solar power capacity at the end of last year.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

krsko 2 nuclear power plant slovenia

GEN Energija: Krško 2 would cost at least EUR 9.3 billion at 1,000 MW

30 May 2024 - The figures are from the studies on grid connection and investment valuation for the Krško 2 nuclear power plant project, published by GEN Energija

alcazar energy daniel calderon western balkans belgrade energy forum 2024

Alcazar eyes new acquisitions in Western Balkans, eyes 1 GW of renewables

30 May 2024 - Alcazar Energy is developing wind farm projects with a combined capacity of almost 500 MW in the Western Balkans

Lignite plants getting pushed out of the market in the Balkans

Lignite power plants are pushed out of market in Balkans

30 May 2024 - PPC's brand new Ptolemaida 5 lignite plant was effectively pushed out of the market in May as uncompetitive

Fortis Group expand presence Balkans taking over two biogas power plants Serbia Velimir Gavrilovic Belgrade Energy Forum

Fortis Group expands presence in Balkans by taking over two biogas power plants in Serbia

29 May 2024 - Fortis Group is completing the purchase of two biogas power plants in Pančevo, Serbia, COO Velimir Gavrilović announced at Belgrade Energy Forum