European Energy plans 110-megawatt plant in Latvia
Post date: 16/06/2022 - 15:55
Danish renewable energy project developer European Energy has announced to build a 110-megawatt solar park in Latvia. According to the company, the plant in Targale, near the city of Ventspils, is Latvia’s largest solar project to date and also European Energy’s first in the country. Commissioning is scheduled for 2024.
European Energy began project development in Latvia last year, and its pipeline for wind and solar already includes more than one gigawatt, according to the company. At the opening of European Energy’s office in Riga, Gatis Zamurs, parliamentary state secretary at the Latvian Ministry of Environment and Regional Development, declared the government’s support for more projects: Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, energy independence is »more than an opportunity to save money or to protect the environment. Now, it is a matter of not funding the aggressor and the deaths of innocent people.«
So far, Latvia has neglected the development of solar and wind energy. In addition to hydropower, about 60 percent of the country’s electricity production is based on fossil fuels, which were sourced mainly from Russia until the Baltic states imposed an import ban in April.