Our first wind farm located in Puck, consisting of eleven wind turbines, was launched in 2007. Since then, we executed 9 projects in this category with the total capacity of 287 MW. In 2021, our onshore wind farms generated net more than 680 GWh of green energy, which was sufficient to power 340 thousand households.
As a result of the most recent investment project implemented by Polenergia, i.e. the Szymankowo Wind Farm, which was commissioned for use in August 2021, we added as much as 38.2 MW to our portfolio of operational wind assets. We are currently developing 4 new onshore wind projects. We always select the best market-tested technologies.
Leveraging its experience in the wind farm segment, Polenergia successfully took a position in the photovoltaics segment. In 2019 it launched the first large-scale photovoltaic farms in Sulechów with the total capacity of 8 MW. In early 2022, Polenergia plans to complete the construction of photovoltaic installations with the total capacity of nearly 29 MW. We are currently working on developing new projects that will add several hundred MWs to these figures. Some of them are very advanced and likely to move to the construction phase in the coming years.
Since 2010, Group companies have been developing three offshore wind farm projects located on the Baltic Sea, i.e. MFW Bałtyk I, MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III. In 2018, Polenergia established cooperation with Equinor for the joint execution of the MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III projects. In December 2019, the Group signed a cooperation agreement for the execution of the MFW Bałtyk I project. The total capacity of the projects developed by the companies is 3000 MW.
The Act on the Promotion of Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms signed by the President of the Republic of Poland in January 2021 is a milestone in energy transition efforts. This legislative act has established the legal framework for the construction of first offshore wind farms in Poland and allows for full utilization of the Baltic Sea’s potential for electricity production.
The right to cover the negative balance of the so-called “contract for differences” granted by the President of the Energy Regulatory Office in 2021 guarantees that the price for electricity generated in an offshore wind farm and injected into the grid will not be greater than the price set by the Minister of Climate and the Environment in the regulation of 30 March 2021, i.e. PLN 319.6 per 1 MWh. This support was an important step on the way to the implementation of MFW Bałtyk I and MFW Bałtyk III projects, which were thus included in the first development phase of offshore wind energy in Poland.
On 31 December 2021, Polenergia agreed on the key terms of a joint venture with the Lithuanian company Modus Energy AB (operating under the Green Genius brand), with the goal to develop offshore wind farm projects in Lithuanian territorial waters of the Baltic Sea.
In the area of gas-fired energy generation, since 2011 the Group has had a cogeneration plant in Nowa Sarzyna (Podkarpackie Voivodeship). The gas-fired cogeneration plant, which has been in operation since 2000, is operated by Polenergia Elektrociepłownia Nowa Sarzyna sp. z o.o. (“Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant”), a Polenergia Group company The electrical output of the gas turbines installed in the Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant is 116 MW and the thermal capacity is 70 MWt. The plant uses modern technological solutions and devices and the whole production process is fully automated. The cogeneration plant has two gas turbines installed (43.4 MW each) with waste heat boilers and one steam turbine (44.8 MW) using the combined-cycle gas and steam technology. Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant ensures stability of the National Power System through participation in the capacity market and provision of National Power System’s self-start-up and recovery services for Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.
Starting in May 2020, or since the strategy has been announced, the Group also engages in the development of green hydrogen projects, in which hydrogen is produced through electrolysis of water by using clean green energy. In particular, the Company focuses on a large-scale project of a 100MW hydrogen factory supplying green hydrogen to be used as a raw material for the industry and as fuel for zero-emission transport. The Company is also working on making the Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant partially hydrogen-fired.