Two new solar parks from IBC SOLAR with 96 MWp are connected to the Hungarian grid
Bad Staffelstein, 9 February 2023 – IBC SOLAR Energy, IBC SOLAR AG's international project division, has concluded the realisation of two megawatt solar parks in Hungary with nominal power outputs of 51 and 45 megawatt peak (MWp). The green electricity generated corresponds to the supply of 35,000 3-person households. In the two most recent joint projects with MET Group, IBC SOLAR was not only responsible for engineering and the procurement of components, but also for the construction (EPC: Engineering, Procurement and Construction) of the solar parks.
The construction of the solar parks in the Hungarian municipalities of Gerjen and Söjtör began in March 2022 with the contract signing between IBC SOLAR Energy and MET Group. After completion of the construction work, both solar parks have been commissioned in several phases since January 2023.
The Gerjen (51 MWp) and Söjtör (45 MWp) solar parks are connected to the Hungarian power grid via newly built substations. They cover an area totalling 170 hectares in the two Hungarian municipalities. With 180,000 solar modules, the two systems will meet the consumption needs of around 35,000 3-person households per year with green electricity in future.
"With the grid connection of the two solar parks in Gerjen and Söjtör, another milestone for the energy transition in Hungary has been achieved. We are particularly pleased about the excellent cooperation with MET as a project partner. Together with strategic partners such as MET Group, we will quickly expand our project portfolio both domestically and internationally and realise additional projects in various countries," says Eric Herrmann, EPC Program Manager at IBC SOLAR Energy.
"MET's expansion strategy for renewable energy aims to achieve a portfolio of 2 GW of installed capacity by 2026 and thereby play an active role in the energy transition in Europe. Cooperation with experienced and broadly based project partners such as IBC SOLAR is particularly valuable to us in this context," says Balázs Lehőcz, Executive Chairman, Green Assets Division at MET Group.
The photovoltaic power plants in Gerjen and Söjtör are not the first joint projects between IBC SOLAR and the investor MET. Back in 2020, a successful partnership in the community of Kabai resulted in Hungary's largest solar park at the time with a nominal power output of around 43 MWp. MET Group is an integrated European energy company headquartered in Switzerland, which is active in the natural gas and electricity and specialised in energy infrastructure and industrial facilities.