Solar energy generation tripled last year in Latvia

The total electricity distribution system-connected solar generation capacity was 300 megawatts (MW) at the end of 2023, three times the year before when it was about 100 MW, the State JSC "Distribution Network" (Sadales tīkls, ST) reported on February 8.

Of the 300 MW, about 53% were micro-generation plants, and the rest were solar power plants. Microgeneration saw its biggest breakthrough in 2022, but 2023 has become a turning point in the development of solar power plants.

The total number of solar plants connected to “Sadales Tīkls” was 700 late last year, of which around 500 with a total production capacity of around 130 MW were connected in 2023.

The rate of development of micro-generation was also still relatively rapid last year – the total number of solar micro-generators connected to the distribution system reached 19,000 at the end of 2023, of which nearly 8,000 with a total production capacity of nearly 70 MW were connected in the last year.

ST Board Chairman Sandis Jansons said that solar power has been a notable addition to the country's total energy portfolio in recent years – solar panels generated more than 128 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity in 2023. In Latvia's total electricity production balance, it is still a small part – about 2%.

However, it is expected that this will change as development of the network continues. Capacity reserved for prospective solar power plants at the distribution system operator currently is 830 MW.

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