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Bulgaria aims to add 2.6 GW of renewable capacity by end 2030

  • 1 year, 9 months ago (2020-09-18)
  • David Flin
Europe 920 Renewables 702 Solar 169

The Bulgarian Government has published a draft national strategy for targeting a further 2,645 MW of installed electricity generation capacity from renewable sources, mostly photovoltaic plants, by the end of 2030, in line with the EU’s goals for green energy transition.

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The draft strategy for sustainable energy development includes additional capacity from 2174 MW of solar plants, 249 MW of wind power, and 222 MW of biomass-powered plants. According to the plan, by 2030, the share of energy from renewable sources should reach 27.1 per cent of total energy use, with 30.3 per cent of power generation coming from renewable sources.

The draft strategy also indicates that Bulgaria will not shut down its coal-fired plants, because of the importance of locally-sourced coal for the national economy. The total installed capacity of Bulgaria’s coal-fired power plants is 3,848 MW, and there are no plans to reduce this level.

Bulgaria also plans to develop its nuclear power sector through the construction of two new units, each with a 1000 MW capacity, at Belene. These are scheduled to become operational after 2030. This plant is still awaiting a decision on the bidding process.