Hungary: Commission of 100 MW SPP near Kaposvar, SEE Energy News
The Kaposvar solar power plant represents a 5 % increase in Hungary’s solar capacity and it is estimated that it will reduce annual CO2 by 120,000 tons. Last week, the largest solar power plant in Hungary, built by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) was commissioned near the city of Kaposvar in south western part of the country. Hungarian Minister of Innovation and Technology Laszlo Palkovics said at the ceremony that the solar plant is currently the largest one in Central Europe. It is also four times bigger than the one in Kapuvar, the largest similar facility in Hungary until now. Minister Palkovics reminded that Hungary planned to have 2 GW of solar capacity by 2020, and at the end of 2020 it managed to reached 2.3 GW. Hungary plans to increase this to at least 6 GW by 2030.
He highlighted that the investment is crucial because it supports Hungary’s climate policy goals. The country has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050, reducing its carbon emissions by 95 % compared to 1990 levels. He further noted that within the current support scheme, households can apply for financial support to renovate their homes, which includes the installation of solar panels. The capacity of residential solar power plants in Hungary has increased significantly, doubling in one year. In May, 37 % of the total Hungarian electricity production was provided by industrial-scale solar power plants.