Polski Solar to build 10 MW deer-shaped PV plant in Poland

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Polish solar project developer, Polski Solar SA announced it will build a 10 MW solar power plant near Jelenia Gora (Deer Mountain), a city in Lower Silesia, south-western Poland.

The company said the facility will have the shape of a deer, as it offers a visual representation for its symbolic reference to the town’s name.

The company’s CEO William Buba said the project will pay a visual tribute to the municipality for its role as a “leader in the drive for energy independence for municipalities in Poland”.

The project, in fact, is being developed as an “energy cluster” in the frame of the recent reform of Poland’s Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act, which encourages municipalities to formally engage in local generation and distribution of electricity.

The company will use 30,000 black and blue colored solar PV panels provided by an undisclosed manufacturer for the project, which will be built at an estimated cost of 37 million PLN ($10.7 million).

The facility will spread on a 22 hectare surface and should provide around 4,500 households with power.

Polski Solar also said it is actively working on six similar clusters in Southern Poland and currently is in partnership with 30 municipalities. It did not provide any additional information.

Using colored modules to provide solar plants with a particular shape may become more frequent among developers in the future, in order to provide more visibility to their projects, brands and initivatives.

In June, Chinese project developer, Panda Green announced the completion of a 50 MW panda shaped solar plant built as part of an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which envisages the construction of panda-shaped solar projects, in line with the UNDP’s efforts to raise awareness of sustainable development among young people.

The move was undoubtedly a good one in terms of visibility, as the news was in all media (also mainstream newspapers and television channels) for several weeks.