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Slovenia sees potential for fast build-out of 1.8 GW of solar

Slovenia sees potential for fast build-out of 1.8 GW of solar

Date: September 20th 2022

Author: Tanja Srnovršnik

Category: En.vision

Topic: Electricity , Renewables , Energy policy

Slovenian power grid operators Eles and Sodo have identified multiple locations where a rapid build-out of over 1.8 GW of large-scale solar plants would be possible, Slovenia's infrastructure ministry said on Monday.

The TSO Eles and DSO Sodo have been researching potential locations where larger solar capacity could be built and integrated without the need for additional investment in bolstering the power network beyond its existing capacity – over 10 MW in the case of the transmission grid and up to 5 MW for the distribution grid.

Eles has identified at least 58 locations in Slovenian territory where large free-standing solar power plants with a total capacity of 1,031 MW could be set up, while the country’s distribution network could potentially integrate 795 MW of capacity from larger production facilities, the ministry said on its website.

The area with the highest technical potential for transmission grid integration of up to 253 MW of large-scale solar capacity is the Podravska region in north-eastern Slovenia, while the western regions of Goriska and Obalno-Kraska have the lowest potential, 15 MW and 11 MW respectively.

When it comes to the distribution network, then the area covered by the power distribution company Elektro Ljubljana in central Slovenia has the highest potential. It could accommodate a total of 215 MW from solar plants with up to 5 MW of capacity. The lowest potential, up to 110 MW of capacity, is in the Elektro Gorenjska region of north-western Slovenia.

The aim of this research is to help potential investors, and the ministry has promised to update it regularly. A map of locations where grid connections are possible will also be made available to the public, it added, without specifying when this would happen.

At the end of 2021, Slovenia had 466 MW of installed solar capacity. However, in July, prime minister Robert Golob announced a plan to add 1 GW of large solar power plants by 2025 to help alleviate the current energy crisis.

To simplify the siting of such plants, but also of wind farms, the ministry has prepared a draft law intended to accelerate administrative procedures and enable the construction of solar plants at previously prohibited locations, such as agricultural land and lakes.


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