- The Warsaw government predicted photovoltaic power will dominate the country’s energy profile by 2040
- Poland is now the fourth-biggest solar market in Europe
- Poland agreed to shut down its coal mines by 2049
Poland, one of the world’s biggest producers and users of coal, has made a bold move to phase out fossil fuels and develop more renewables, especially solar energy.
Warsaw predicted photovoltaic power – the method by which solar cells convert energy from the sun to generate electric power — will dominate the country’s energy profile by 2040. By that point, Poland’s solar capacity – that is, the maximum output of electricity from solar power – is expected to surge to 16 gigawatts from 2.5 gigawatts currently.
(One gigawatt is equal to the energy generated by 3.125 million photovoltaic panels, according to the U.S. Department of Energy).
The Polish government also predicted that by 2040, coal