Number of photovoltaic micro-installations incessantly growing: ministry

The number of photovoltaic micro-installations - a domestic solar power units - is growing steadily in Poland, and their combined power capacity has doubled when compared to the same period in 2018, the Ministry of Energy announced in a Monday press release.

At the end of 2018, there were 54,214 micro-installations active in the country with a combined capacity of 343 MW. At the end of the third quarter of 2019, the figure had grown to 106,117 micro-installations (96 percent up on end-2018) with a combined capacity of 685 MW (100 percent up on end-2018).

At this rate of growth, a total capacity of 800 MW can be foreseen by the end of this year, which, if achieved, surpasses the estimations of the Ministry of Energy from early 2019. Then, the ministry had estimated that by the end of the year, the total power capacity of Polish micro-installations would amount to 450-550 MW.

One of the key factors that significantly contributed to such growth is the 'My Power' programme for co-financing solar-power micro-installations. Initiated in mid-2019 by Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski, the undertaking has a budget of around EUR 233 mln.

The co-financing covers up to 50 percent of the installation costs to the tune of PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,168). The support procedure is very straightforward and can cover installations of 2-10 kW capacity. The programme is targeted at households.

By October 17, the Energy Ministry had accepted almost 3,000 applications for co-financing under the "My Power" programme to a value of over PLN 14.3 million (EUR 3.34 million).

"Day by day, the interest taken in the programme is growing," Mr Tchórzewski said. "The simple procedure of financial support and availability to every household encourages people to make use of such a solution. I'm glad that the programme has met society's expectations," he added.