Brasov City Hall builds 20 MW photovoltaic park

Alina Oprea
Braşov City Hall launched a tender for the development of a photovoltaic park in Stupini, with a power of 20 MW. The maximum value of the purchase exceeds RON90 million (€18 million). Through this project, the town hall proposed to ensure energy independence for public consumption. The future green electricity production facility will cover an area of ​​22 hectares, will be financed from European funds, and will provide 90% of the energy needed for schools, public buildings, and lighting. The plant will consist of 30,770 photovoltaic panels.

Brașov City Hall states that it continues the program of transforming the city into the "green capital of Romania", investing in environmentally friendly solutions, with the help of non-refundable financing.

"Brașov was the first city that assumed, in 2021, an ambitious target: that by 2030, we will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 55%, and by 2050 we will achieve climate neutrality. In order to achieve these goals, we continue to implement a series of solutions that bring us closer to them but also constitute a pioneer in the field, not only in our country but also in Europe. One such project is to set up a photovoltaic park in Stupini, which will provide 90% of the electricity needed for public consumption. Not only do we acquire, almost entirely, our energy independence for public consumption and reduce public electricity expenses, but we do this through non-reimbursable European funds, over RON40 million (€8 million) of the investment being funds secured through the Large Infrastructure Operational Program. All these green projects aim to transform the city into an environmentally friendly one and, implicitly, to increase the quality of life of the residents of Brasov", said Mayor Allen Coliban.

The future photovoltaic park will cover approximately 89.72% of the electricity needed for the 21 colleges and high schools, 16 secondary schools, 29 kindergartens, 8 nurseries, as well as for the cultural institutions, the town hall headquarters and those of the public services subordinated to the Local Council, power plants and thermal points, markets, multi-story car parks, sports facilities, the public lighting system and the traffic light system in the city, but also the electricity required for the skiing area, including the artificial snow production and pumping systems.

Added to this is the municipality's program to equip 27 educational units with photovoltaic panels, for which funding has been requested.

Cumulating the two projects, to which are added the educational units already equipped with such panels, the municipality will be able to provide over 90% of the consumption needs from its own, renewable sources, which will mean an important contribution to reducing pollution, but also electricity costs.

"The photovoltaic plant will have an installed electric power of 20.00 MWp in direct current, at the level of the photovoltaic panels, and of 18.00 MW in alternating current, at the level of the inverters. The plant will consist of a number of 30,770 photovoltaic panels, with a peak electric power (Pp) of 650 Wp, mounted on a fixed structure. As a result of the investment, there will be an estimated average annual decrease in greenhouse gas emissions of 21,002 tons of CO2 equivalent in the first year of operation of the investment. Thus, from emissions with a greenhouse effect of 23,408.18 t. CO2, we reach 2,406.18 t. CO2", informs Braşov City Hall.

According to the documentation, the duration of the necessary documentation and the execution of the works is four months, of which 30 days for the design services and 90 days for the execution of the works. The maximum purchase value is RON90 million (€18 million) + VAT, the main award criterion being the best quality-price ratio

The non-reimbursable funds for the project are provided by the Large Infrastructure Operational Program - POIM 2014-2020, Priority Axis 11: "Measures to improve energy efficiency and stimulate the use of renewable energy", Specific Objective 11.2: "Use of energy from renewable sources at the level of local public authorities ".

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Green Forum  |  23 April, 2024 at 11:00 AM