The MVM Group has delivered Hungary’s largest solar power plant

The MVM Group has delivered Hungary’s largest capacity solar power plant at Felsőzsolca. The installed capacity of the facility built with an investment of nearly HUF 9 billion and utilising purely renewable energy is 20 megawatts (MW). The Felsőzsolca Solar Power Plant has been the first to start electricity generation among 110 solar units to be developed and constructed by the MVM Group in the country.

The first solar power plant under the 2018-2019 photovoltaic project of the MVM Group has been built in the vicinity of Felsőzsolca and Onga on nearly 45 hectares, which has begun to generate electricity as the unit with the largest installed capacity in Hungary. The project was implemented under the direction of the member company of the MVM Group engaged in renewable energy generation, MVM Hungarowind Ltd., from HUF 9 billion under the Environment and Energy Efficiency Operational Programme (KEHOP-5.1.1-17-2017-00002) of the European Union (EU). The MVM Group financed 35 per cent of the development from EU funds and 65 per cent from its own funds.

Nearly 74,000 polycrystalline solar panels were installed at the power plant, and with its 20 MW installed capacity it is able to generate 21 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per year on average, which corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 10,000 households.

‘The development of energy generation based on renewable sources greatly contributes to the security of energy supply in Hungary, but one of the fundamental goals of domestic energy generation can also be fulfilled with its help, i.e. to meet the European Union’s and international climate protection and climate policy objectives. The photovoltaic power plants to be built in the country will fully fit into our energy goals relating to the establishment of a climate-friendly energy sector,’ said Dr Edit Juhász, Under Secretary of State for National Financial Services and Utility Services.

‘The Hungarian energy policy aims to provide clean, smart and affordable energy for all, thus helping to create a decarbonised economy and to strengthen the security of supply and competitiveness. This includes greening the electricity sector, spreading local energy generation and the possibility of introducing digital solutions in vast numbers,’ added Dr Barbara Barbara, Under Secretary of State for Climate Policy.

‘The MVM Group will build 110 solar power plants under seven projects in Hungary, thereby becoming the power generation company with the largest solar power plant capacity in our country. The project first implemented under the programme is the Felsőzsolca Solar Power Plant involving the latest technologies, which is, at the same time, the solar power plant with the largest capacity in the country. As a result of the exemplary cooperation between the licensing authorities, the local government and MVM, the power plant was granted a building permit in a very short time and was implemented by the deadline and within budget despite sometimes extreme weather conditions,’ said Dr Csaba Kiss, Deputy CEO for Technical Management of MVM Hungarian Electricity Ltd.

Due to the Felsőzsolca Project, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 20,000 tonnes per year, while the additional units to be built in the country will decrease such emissions by more than 100,000 tonnes per year. The total capacity of the 110 solar power plants to be constructed under the seven independent projects of the MVM Group in the country will exceed 100 MW of installed capacity. These solar power plants will generate more than 110 GWh of electricity per year. This quantity will be able to cover the annual electricity demand of approximately 50,000 households, that is, more than 100,000 people. The establishment and operation of solar power plants serve education purposes as well, as they help promote the environmental thinking of local communities.