Dravske elektrarne Maribor, which – like Premogovnik Velenje – is part of the Holding Slovenske elektrarne group, has started the construction of the fifth segment of the Zlatoličje solar power plant. A subsidiary of Premogovnik HTZ Velenje was chosen for the design, construction and commissioning of the solar power plant, which faces an extremely demanding challenge due to the 30-degree slope of the terrain and the proximity of the canal, which has a flow of up to 550 m3/s.
The “Zlatoličje 2.57 MW” project envisages 5,840 pieces of high-efficiency photovoltaic modules marked YL440D-40d, supplied by the Chinese manufacturer Yingli Energy (China) Company Limited, with a total rated power of almost 2.7 MWp and a planned annual production of approximately 3,000 MWh. The project and the purchase of these modules is financed through a loan taken by HTZ Velenje, which is responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of the solar power plant. Segment five, which is part of a larger solar power plant under construction, will be located on the left bank of the drainage channel of the largest Slovenian hydroelectric power plant, Zlatoličje, which has a length of 905 metres.
HTZ Velenje concluded a Framework Loan Agreement with Nova Kreditna banka Maribor on 24 September 2021 to partially finance the project for a floor-mounted solar photovoltaic power plant with a total installation capacity of 2.57 MW at HPP Zlatoličje in Slovenia.
“The construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year, and the power plant is expected to be connected to the grid in the first quarter of 2022 and will start producing new kilowatt hours of electricity from renewable sources,” stated the CEO of HTZ Velenje, Nina Mauhler, and added: “The project, worth more than 2 million EUR, represents an important milestone for the further development of the photovoltaic industry in Slovenia and at the same time an important reference for our company, which is looking for new programmes on the market.”
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