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Lithuania Inaugurates Its Largest Solar Park, Advancing Towards Energy Independence

Lithuania Inaugurates Its Largest Solar Park, Advancing Towards Energy Independence

On May 2nd, the Molėtai region witnessed the inauguration of Lithuania’s largest solar park to date, marking a significant milestone in the country’s push towards energy independence. Spanning 150 hectares and equipped with over 150,000 solar modules and a dedicated substation, the park boasts an impressive capacity of 100 MW.

This initiative is part of Lithuania’s broader strategy to enhance its national electricity production through renewable sources. The country aims to achieve full energy independence as outlined in the National Energy Independence Strategy 2050. The new solar park in Molėtai, along with additional parks in Švenčionys and Jonava, significantly boosts the national solar capacity, enabling renewable energy to reach more households.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Daiva Garbaliauskaitė, expressed enthusiasm about the project, emphasizing its role in Lithuania’s sustainable energy landscape and the bilateral agreements fostering renewable projects between Denmark and Lithuania. “We are delighted that with the start of electricity production at Nordic Solar’s solar power plants, renewable energy will be able to reach more households,” Garbaliauskaitė stated.

Nordic Solar, the Danish firm behind this ambitious project, highlights the park as one of their most significant investments in Lithuania’s energy infrastructure. Nikolaj Holtet Hoff, CEO of Nordic Solar, reflected on the collaboration’s success, “Molėtai Park is the largest solar park currently built in Lithuania. It represents the culmination of successful cooperation with Lithuanian institutions and Molėtai municipality. We are proud to contribute to Lithuania’s goals in mitigating climate change and achieving energy independence.”

The project not only propels Lithuania closer to its goal of installing 4.1 GW of solar PV by 2030 and 9 GW by 2050 but also aligns with EU efforts to accelerate the shift from fossil fuels. Already, Lithuania has installed over 800 MW of solar PV in its electricity distribution grids, a notable increase over the past six years.

With the EU’s backing, solar energy’s rapid deployment is reducing electricity costs and diminishing the reliance on imported fossil fuels. As Lithuania continues to develop its renewable energy capacity, the transformation of its energy system gathers pace, promising a sustainable and independent energy future.

The inauguration of the Molėtai solar park not only enhances Lithuania’s renewable energy profile but also sets a precedent for future projects, driving the nation closer to its ambitious energy independence goals set for 2050.