Rezolv Energy will develop Bulgaria’s largest solar plant
The independent renewable energy producer focused on Central and Southeastern Europe and APSTE member – Rezolv Energy, has acquired the rights to build and operate a 229 MW solar plant in Silistra Municipality in north-eastern Bulgaria. Named ‘St. George’, the construction is due to start before the end of this year, as the plant is expected to be completed in early 2025. Once constructed, it will be the largest solar plant in Bulgaria.
St. George will be built on the site of the former Silistra airport, a decommissioned airfield covering 165 hectares. The project will comprise nearly 400,000 solar panels. With an average annual power generation of 313 Gigawatt hours (GWh), it will produce the equivalent of 13% of Bulgaria’s currently-installed solar power.
The plant will be connected to the main 110 kV transmission grid via two independent connection lines totalling about 6 kilometres in length. The power will be sold to commercial and industrial users through long-term Power Purchase Agreements.
The project will create a large number of new jobs in the construction phase. Approximately 500 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees will be hired, both for light assembly – which is work suitable for men and women, on both a full-time and part-time basis – and highly-skilled engineering roles. Longer term, the power plant will provide local employment for skilled and semi-skilled labour throughout the 30 plus years of operation.
St. George will be designed, constructed, and operated to the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
Rezolv Energy was launched last year by Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure. Rezolv already has more than 2GW of clean energy being prepared for construction in Romania, including the 1,044 MW Dama Solar project, which will become the largest solar plant in Europe once it is operational.
Alastair Hammond, Chief Operating Officer, Rezolv Energy, said: “Solar will make up almost 13% of Bulgaria’s total installed capacity this year, and estimates suggest that close to 6GWh of solar power will be generated by 2030. We are very proud that St. George will be such a major part of that growth story. It will help Bulgaria meet its renewable energy targets and contribute to its energy independence. Crucially, for the business sector, it will also enable us to provide highly competitive, subsidy-free clean power at a stable price for industrial and commercial users right across the country.”
Jaroslava Korpanec, Partner and Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Actis, commented: “Rezolv continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to be funding its investment in such an important project. Actis’ ambition is to make a substantial contribution to the Energy Transition in this region through major, large-scale projects which are constructed and operated to the highest sustainability standards. St. George is exactly the kind of project we had in mind when we took the decision to back Rezolv.”
More information about Rezolv Energy and the “St. George” project can be found here