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Steag, LSG complete 66 MW solar park in Bulgaria, preparing to build another one

Steag LSG 66 MW solar park Bulgaria build another

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October 5, 2022

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SENS LSG built a 66 MW solar park near Plovdiv in just half a year. The joint venture of Steag and LSG is preparing to start installing 50 MW more in photovoltaic capacity in Bulgaria next month.

SENS LSG, a joint venture between Würzburg, Germany–based Steag Solar Energy Solutions (SENS) and its Austrian partner LSG, has completed a photovoltaic plant with a peak capacity of 66 MW in Bulgaria. It is located in the municipality of Dalgo Pole near Plovdiv.

More than 122,300 panels are installed on trackers, enabling them to change their orientation and follow the position of the sun, the companies said. Annual output is estimated at 100 GWh.

Next solar park project envisaged at 50 MW

Bulgaria plans to increase the share of energy from renewables in its electricity mix to 25% by the end of the decade, SENS pointed out. The construction of the farm started in March and now it is connected to the grid. The joint venture pointed out that the facility would save 47,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

SENS LSG said it plans to start the construction of 50 MW in peak solar power capacity in Bulgaria in November.

EU climate target is game changer for Bulgaria

“We recognized the potential of south-eastern Europe early on. But up to now, there has often been a lack of political will to expand solar energy. Thanks to the EU’s binding climate target, we can now take advantage of Bulgaria’s climatic and ecological potential and tackle the construction of large solar farms,” LSG Group’s Managing Director Karl Göth said.

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

SENS LSG was established in late 2020. Both companies are active in other countries of the region, including Hungary. LSG, headquartered in Vienna, is participating in the project for the largest battery storage unit in Romania. SENS LSG is developing solar power projects in Greece with a combined capacity of 480 MW.

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