juwi Solar continues to increase its presence in central and eastern Europe with the gird connection of a 3.6MW plant in the Bulgarian town of Drachevo, which is now the country’s largest solar park, and the implementation of a 4MW plant in Slovakia, located in Kosihy. The German company also opened an office in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, at the beginning of the year.
“We see great potential in Eastern Europe and will intensify our investments and create new jobs,” said Lars Falck, managing director at juwi Solar. “We are glad that a growing number of countries is providing basic conditions for renewables.”
The Drachevo plant, which consists of 15,444 crystalline Yingli modules, is the first of many plants juwi plans to construct in Bulgaria. “The prospects for Bulgaria are promising. In the last year wind energy was developed, now Bulgarians discover solar power,” said Falck.
“We have to see whether the feed-in tariff for solar energy is maintained and whether a tariff fixation without variation for existing plants is implemented. This would contribute to inspiring investors for Bulgaria and to accomplishing the goal for the development of the renewable energies.”
juwi’s 4MW plant in Slovakia utilizes 18,144 Canadian Solar crystalline modules spread over 10 hectares. This project is expected to be connected to the grid at the beginning of November.
The German project developer is also expanding its business in the Czech Republic, where it will connect 24MW to the grid by the close of 2010.
juwi is exhibiting at the 25th EU PVSEC on Level 2, Hall 3, Booth C9.