Development of solar parks
Hungarian power plants are becoming obsolete, the current installed capacity of 8,900 MW may decrease to 6,900 MW in a few years, while the country’s energy consumption will increase by 1 percent per year. Together, the two parallel processes prompt the renewal of the Hungarian power plant portfolio, including the establishment of new – preferably carbon-neutral and green – energy generation capacities. SolServices Ltd. contributes to this process by developing solar parks with large installed capacities: through the selection of suitable sites, planning, permitting, compliance with ecological considerations as well as legal requirements, and careful consultations with local governments and NGOs. The company is present on the Hungarian market not only as a developer, but also as an investor – its first own investment project, the Lumen Park Szolnok with an installed capacity of 138 megawatts, is the country’s largest and also the first next-generation nature-friendly solar park. Developed based on similar ecological principles, SolServices’ second solar park with an installed capacity of 70 megawatts will be built next to the town of Szászberek, also in a green field environment.
There have been only a few examples of large-scale solar park developments in Hungary so far. SolServices Ltd. is actively involved in the development and implementation of the best practices. In order for our solar parks to provide the greatest added ecological and social value, we have launched a number of programs, including a complex biodiversity survey in cooperation with several nature conservation institutions. Focusing on the nature conservation and ecological aspects of the establishment of solar parks, cooperating with around 30 experts from seven partner organizations, we created a guideline document providing guidance for the development, establishment and operation of next-generation solar parks. In addition, we are participating in the launch of technological developments and research to improve the efficiency of solar parks by involving Hungarian universities and research institutes.
Education and public awareness
In Hungary, it is necessary to continuously improve the level of general knowledge and public awareness about renewable energy sources. The backbone of our educational and public awareness activities consists of developing and mentoring local and national social programs that demonstrate the operation and the benefits of PV solar technology, as well as the need and opportunities for energy conservation through the use of tangible models, lectures, and interactive tools for all ages. The purpose of the educational trail to be established in our Lumen Park Szolnok solar park is to enable interested parties to get to know the technological characteristics of photovoltaic energy production and also how the next-generation nature-friendly solar parks can harmonize emission-free energy production and animal- and plant-friendly solutions.
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