Dravske Elektrarne Maribor (DEM) will start next week the construction of a new solar power plant next to the Zlatoličje Hydropower Plant, about 20 kilometers south-east of Maribor. Nearly 6,000 photovoltaic modules are planned to be installed, with an estimated total output of 2.7 MWp expected to produce 3,000 MWh of electricity per year.
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 of the largest Slovenian hydropower plant, operated on the Drava River.
The more than 2m-euro project will provide Zlatoličje Hydropower Plant with added value, and “Slovenia will receive additional gigawatts of electricity from a renewable source,” the company added.
The segment will extend from the bridge across the canal to the Slovenia Vas card racing track for a total of 905 meters.
Nearly 6,000 photovoltaic modules with a total rated power of nearly 2.7 MWp and planned annual output of about 3,000 MWh will be installed in what is currently an unused outlet channel bank.
“Given that the slope of the terrain in certain places exceeds 30 degrees, construction … will be a major challenge and will require care, 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 located in a container.
The fifth segment of the Zlatoličje Power Plant is part of a larger solar power plant, in development with an estimated total power of about 30 MWp and a planned annual output of more than 37,000 MWh.
It will be built in the inlet and outlet canals of the Zlatoličje and Formin hydropower plants in the coming years.
The Prapretno solar power plant, whose investor is Holding Slovenske elektrarne, is also under construction. Thus, by the end of the year Slovenia is expected to be richer in energy from the renewable sources of the two solar power plants under the care of the HSE Group, which together will produce more than 6,000 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough for nearly 1,500 families.
“With the construction of the first segment, the largest planned power plant, the Dravske electric company Maribor and the HSE Group are pursuing state 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 in Drava, said in a press release that it continued to explore other sites suitable for solar power plants and the first wind farms in Slovenia, as well as the first pilot of the geothermal power plant.