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juwi Solar sees Eastern European solar potential

juwi Solar sees great potential for solar power in Eastern Europe and the company is already involved in a number of projects in the region.

“We see great potential in Eastern Europe and will intensify our investments and create new jobs,” says Managing Director of juwi Solar, Lars Falck.

Bulgaria – A promising market

In Bulgario, juwi Solar has installed 15,444 crystalline solar modules from Yingli with an output of 3.6 MW and 4.3 GWh annually. It has been operational since the end of August.

The project in Drachevo is juwi Solar’s first project in Bulgaria.

Falck says: “The prospects for Bulgaria are promising. In the last year wind energy was developed, now Bulgarians discover solar power.

“We have to see whether the feed-in tariff for solar energy is maintained and whether a tariff fixation without variation for existing plants is implemented. This would contribute to inspiring investors for Bulgaria and to accomplishing the goal for the development of the renewable energies.”

Slovakia – 4 MW solar park

juwi has recently erected a 4 MW solar park in Kosihy, Slovakia. The 10 hectares solar park consists of 18,144 crystalline solar modules from Canadian Solar, and could produce 4.2 GWh annually. The solar park is expected to be connected to the grid at the beginning of November.

juwi Solar says further projects are in the pipeline for Slovakia.

Czech Republic – 24 MW by year end

By the end of 2010, juwi Solar will have connected a total of 24 MW of solar power to the grid in the Czech Republic.

At the end of October, juwi Solar plans to complete the 15 hectare, 5.2 MW Hostovice solar park. The 69,400 solar thin-film modules from First Solar are expected to produce 5.5 GWh annually.

Greece – 10% turnkey market share

juwi Solar boasts a 10% market share of solar turnkey projects with 8 MW having been realised so far this year.

The largest juwi solar park is Papafilis in Korinthos with an output of 1.9 MW, which is expected to be completed by the end of October.

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