PKP Energetyka equips 360 substations with PV arrays in Poland

Feb 10, 2023 09:33 AM ET
  • PKP Energetyka, the electrical power distributor to the Polish railway network, said it has installed photovoltaic or pv (PV) panels on 360 of its railway substations, producing 2 GWh of electricity annually.
PKP Energetyka equips 360 substations with PV arrays in Poland
Image: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe

The deployment of the setups was completed in just over 18 months, boosting their number from 15 to 360, or 70% of all the traction substations supplying power to the Polish railways, the business stated in a news release on Wednesday.

The project remains in line with the energy supplier's method to lower its carbon impact by 85% by 2030 as well as to end up being climate-neutral in regards to direct and also indirect discharges. The business has spent PLN 15 million (USD 3.4 m/EUR 3.2 m) in the systems, whose result of 2 GWh each year is enough to power 1,000 houses.

PKP Energetyka's traction substations lie along railway lines transforming rotating existing (AC) into straight present (DC) as well as providing it to trains. The firm equipped them with PV roof coverings to ensure that each substation makes use of solar power for its very own needs.

PKP Energetyka is just one of the largest energy firms in Poland. It supplies power as well as gas to the railway sector and also offers traction upkeep solutions to the network belonging to railway driver PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe. At the beginning of 2023, its proprietor, Luxembourg-based investor CVC Capital Partners, signed a preliminary arrangement for its sale to PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna for a venture value of PLN 5.944 billion.

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