Powerful solar power plants at the Vilnius and Kaunas clinics2017-03-09
Installed on the roof of the Vilnius City Clinical Hospital (Antakalnio St. 57) a little over a month ago, the solar power plant has already produced more than 10 MWh of electricity. This 279 kW-capacity power plant was launched into operation under the Special Climate Change Programme administered by the Ministry of Environment. A total of EUR 479,000 was allocated for this purpose.
As planned, this power plant will produce 14 % of total electricity consumed by the Hospital, i.e. around 240 MWh. It will help protect the environment as approx. 170 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year will not be released into the environment. That was the quantity of pollutants produced by using fossil fuel to generate the same amount of electricity. (The operational parameters of the first and second sections of the solar power plant can be observed in real time online.)
An even more powerful solar plant will be installed on the buildings of the Kaunas Clinical Hospital (Josvainių St. 2 and Baltijos St. 120). According to Vitalijus Auglys, Director of the Pollution Prevention Department of the Ministry of Environment, it is probably the largest project funded under the Special Climate Change Programme for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. The amount allocated for the project totalled EUR 1.3 million.
The plans are that this 717.5 kW-capacity power plant will on average generate 37% of the annual total electricity demand of the Kaunas Clinical Hospital, or approximately 640 MWh. After it has been put into operation, carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 450 tonnes annually.
Over EUR 17 million was allocated under the 2014–2015 financing measures of the Special Climate Change Programme for the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources in public use buildings. Currently, the subsidies totalling almost EUR 5 million were approved for 25 projects.
9 March 2017