Ihtiman, Bulgaria Built by Chinese firms Polar Photovaltaics and Wiscom, the plant features Polar PV silicon modules and six SolarMax 330C-SV 330 kW inverters from Swiss engineering firm Sputnik.
The plant will earn its operator €0.372 ($0.504) per kWh, said Sunservice’s manager Rumen Christov.
“At present, in Bulgaria, less than 10 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity is installed,” he said.
“This year, new plants with an overall capacity of 10 to 50 megawatts will be built. By 2015, in Bulgaria, plants will be producing a total output of 500 to 1,000 MW of solar power. By 2020 this figure will rise to 2.5 to 4 GW.”
Ihtiman’s municipality has invested $7 million in building the plant, Christov earlier told Xinhua. The plant should easily meet the needs of the town’s 15,000 residents by generating 2,500 MW a year, he told the Chinese news agency.
Sputnik has won several contracts in Bulgaria, including inverters for the country’s largest solar plant with a 2.4 MW capacity, says the company.