The US Getka Group and the Polish energy company Unimot have announced that First Solar Inc. will supply 30 MW of advanced American thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar modules to power a portfolio of projects in Poland. The modules are part of the first phase of a strategic renewable energy initiative to diversify PV module deliveries to Poland.
In this first phase, the partners will leverage First Solar's technology, which is produced in their Ohio manufacturing facilities. The PV modules will be delivered in the first quarter of 2022, with plans to expand as part of the expansion of solar projects by Unimot.
Unimot and Getka previously teamed up to pursue energy security initiatives in the region as a mechanism to support regional energy diversification programs. The companies recently announced a letter of intent with NuScale to investigate the use of Small Modular Reactors (SMR) in Poland.
“As a dual citizen of the United States and Poland, it is a great honor for me to support a development that lowers the CO2 intensity of the Polish economy,” says Dariusz Cichocki, Chairman and CEO of the Getka Group. “Through our partnership with Unimot, we will meet Poland's increasing energy infrastructure needs with a focus on improving energy diversity and security in the region, while at the same time supporting innovations in low-carbon technologies.”
With plans to enlist EXIM's financial support, the Unimot Group will develop low-cost solar generation using US-made photovoltaic modules to support companies and large manufacturing facilities in Poland.
“The Polish economy is facing major challenges in connection with the indispensable energy transition with a focus on reducing emissions,” says Adam Sikorski, CEO of Unimot SA. “In July 2021, we started up our own production line for photovoltaic modules at the Sędziszów Małopolski plant, which will be available through our AVIA Solar brand. Thanks to the established cooperation with First Solar and Getka, we will supplement our local production with modules from the USA. “
“We are pleased that the energy cooperation between Poland and the USA is developing, not only in the gas and nuclear energy sectors, but also in the renewable energies and solar sectors,” Sikorski continued. “With the financial support from Exim, we can offer our customers very attractive trading conditions. We are very grateful to the US Department of Energy and the US Embassy in Warsaw for their support. “
“Poland is the latest addition to a growing list of countries around the world using First Solar's ultra-low carbon solar panels,” said Matthew Merfert, Senior Director of Business Development for Europe at First Solar. “We are pleased to support Getka and Unimot's efforts to decarbonise the Polish power grid with advanced solar modules from the USA.”