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Polish mining company to deploy solar on dead coal sites

News • Nikolay Chavdarov •
Polish mining company to deploy solar on dead coal sites

Polish power company and coal miner Tauron Polska Energia S.A. has launched a tender for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service contractors for a 3.1-5 MW solar park planned for Jaworzno, near Katowice in southern Poland, where the company is based.

Tauron said the project is part of a new program to deploy ground-mounted PV plants on its unused sites. Tauron said solar parks will be built in Mysłowice, also near Katowice, and at Stalowa Wola, in southeastern Poland. The power company is planning to install around 300 MW of solar.

Another Polish coal company and electricity provider, Zespół Elektrowni Pątnów-Adamów-Konin SA said in November it will deploy a large scale PV plant at a depleted area of the extensive Adamów brown coal mine in Turek, in the center of Poland. 

Recent analysis by Polish research institute the IEO found replacing coal with solar could be the only way to head off future electricity price rises.