Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd. has won an order from Windtel, the Poland-based construction company, to provide a high-voltage grid connection for the 65 megawatt (MW) Witnica Solar Park in northern Poland. Witnica will be by far the largest solar power plant in the country, with the capacity to supply around 22,500 Polish homes with clean, emission-free energy. It will also be the first solar power plant in Poland to operate without government subsidies and achieve the crucial milestone of generating power at equal or lower cost than thermal power plants, known as grid parity.
Poland is undergoing huge growth in solar power capacity, from 486 MW in 2018 to 3,900 MW in 2020, an eightfold increase in just two years. As a result, the country is projected to reach its 2030 target of 7,900 MW of solar energy five years ahead of schedule. This would be another important milestone in a country whose power mix is historically dependent on coal.
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