Power plant company Mátrai Erőmű inaugurated a 6.5 billion forint (EUR 20.9m) solar power plant in Visonta, in northern Hungary. The plant uses photovoltaic technology, which means it converts solar energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials. The 16MW facility is Hungary’s biggest solar power plant and Central Europe’s largest combined cycle generator to use renewables.
The plant uses 72,480 solar panels placed on a 30 hectare field and the electricity generated here will feed into the country’s electricity grid. The plant will supply green energy for about 4,000 households, the company said. Half of the project costs were covered by a tax break, chairwoman of the supervisory board Marie-Theres Thiell said. It will reduce Hungary’s carbon emissions by 24,000 tonnes per year, she added.
Germany’s RWE owns 74% of Mátrai Erőmű and state-owned Hungarian Electricity Works (MVM) holds 24%. RWE has been present in Hungary for 20 years and Thiell said the company plans to stay, despite initial “hickups” on the energy market. Chairman of the board Bernhard Lüschper said building a photovoltaic plant required new ways of thinking and it is clear that such developments have a future in Hungary.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI, photos: Péter Komka – MTI, cover photo: tveger.hu