Dravske Elektrarne Maribor (DEM) will launch next week construction of a new solar power plant adjacent to the Zlatoličje Hydro Power Plant, some 20 kilometres south-east of Maribor. Almost 6,000 photovoltaic modules are planned to be installed, with a total rated output of 2.7 MWp expected to produce 3,000 MWh of electricity annually.
The hydropower plant operator announced on Wednesday that segment five of the Zlatoličje Solar Power Plant would be installed on the left bank of the outlet canal of the largest Slovenian hydropower plant, operated on the Drava river.
The project worth more than EUR 2 million will provide the Zlatoličje Hydro Power Plant with added value, and “Slovenia will get additional gigawatts of electricity from a renewable source,” the company added.
The segment will stretch from the bridge across the canal to the Slovenia Vas kart racing track for a total of 905 metres.
Almost 6,000 photovoltaic modules with a total rated power of almost 2.7 MWp and planned annual production of around 3,000 MWh will be installed on what is currently an unutilised bank of the outlet canal.
“Considering that the inclination of the terrain at certain places exceeds 30 degrees, the construction … will be a major challenge and will require caution, also due to the proximity of the canal, where water discharge reaches up to 550 m3/s.”
A special feature of the new power plant will be a central inverter with a medium voltage substation housed in a container.
Segment five of the Zlatoličje Solar Power Plant is part of a larger, emerging solar power plant with a total rated power of around 30 MWp and planned annual production of more than 37,000 MWh.
It will be constructed on the inlet and outlet canals of the Zlatoličje and Formin hydropower plants in the coming years.
The Prapretno solar power plant is also under construction, the investor of which is Holding Slovenske elektrarne. Thus, it is expected that by the end of the year Slovenia will be richer in energy from renewable sources of two solar power plants under the auspices of the HSE Group, which together will produce more than 6,000 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough for almost 1,500 households.
“With the construction of the first segment, the planned larger solar power plant, the company Dravske elektrarne Maribor and the HSE Group are following the state’s commitments to increase electricity production from renewable sources and the needs of households and the economy. We are convinced that it is worthwhile, in an environmentally and socially acceptable way, to use all the resources and knowledge available in Slovenia and thus enable the country’s energy independence in the future,“ said Andrej Tumpej, director of Dravske elektrarne Maribor.
DEM, which operates eight large hydropower plants on the Drava, said in the press release that it continued to explore other suitable locations for solar power plants and first wind farms in Slovenia, as well as the first pilot geothermal power plant.