Ignitis Gamyba, a company managed by the international energy company Ignitis Group, has completed the installation of a 3 MW solar power plant near Elektrėnai in Obeniai. The electricity generation permit was received on Monday, therefore the customers of the Ignitis Saulės parkai (Ignitis Solar Parks) platform will be able to start using the capacity of this power plant soon.
After connecting the new 3 MW power plant to the 1 MW power plant, which has been operating since the summer, a 4 MW solar power plant is operating in Obeniai and it is currently the largest solar park in Lithuania and the Baltic States. The total area occupied by the 4 MW solar power plant is about 5.5 hectares.
"This project proves that Ignitis Gamyba is a reliable developer of solar power plants, keeping promises to customers and partners. In the spring, we installed a 1 MW solar power plant, and the customers have been using the generated “green” electricity of which since the beginning of the summer, and now we have the largest operating solar power plant in the Baltic States. We are glad that with our works we are contributing to the progress of solar energy that is finally taking place in Lithuania,” says Rimgaudas Kalvaitis, CEO of Ignitis Gamyba.
During the second stage of development, the Ignitis Gamyba team of 16 people installed almost 10,000 solar modules within a month. Other contract work was performed by Eternia Solar, a company representing I+D Energias in Lithuania.
It is estimated that the 4 MW solar power plant park will generate up to 100 GWh of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas CO2 emissions by 74 thousand tons during its entire life cycle.
"With the installation of a 3 MW solar power plant, electricity produced from renewable sources could be used by 1,500 – 2,000 families. At this stage of the project, part of the remote solar power plant are available to not only to private customers but also to business customers – companies, municipalities, kindergartens, schools and everyone else who wants to use clean electricity self-produced in the power plant,” says Kalvaitis.
It is likely that this will not be the last stage of the development of the solar park in Obeniai. If the demand for remote solar power plants continues to grow, the capacity of the solar park established near Elektrėnai can be expanded to 6.5 MW.
The Ignitis Saulės parkai platform provides every resident of the country, regardless of whether they live in their own house or apartment, with the opportunity to purchase a part of a solar power plant from solar parks and at the same time become a remote manufacturing consumer. This is the first geographically remote solar power project in the world to operate on a national scale.
On the Ignitis Saulės parkai platform, residents can purchase or rent a part of a solar power plant offered by any developer. In order to assess exactly what power is needed, the calculator's on the website helps to calculate the electrical power and benefits required for a specific home.
The statistics of the first stage show that the Ignitis Saulės parkai platform is used not only by the residents of apartment buildings, but also by the residents of individual houses. The acquisition of such power plants is supported by the state and buyers can receive support from the Environmental Projects Management Agency.