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EBRD invests in Poland
Grzegorz Zielinski
Poland could host EUR 650 million in investments from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2018 and a potentially higher sum in 2019 if renewable energy projects kick in, director at EBRD Grzegorz Zielinski told PAP in an interview.
"I think that this year the sum of EBRD investments in Poland will be similar to last year's and will amount to around EUR 650 million. We would like to have a similar level next year but I hope it will be more, if renewables' financing rebounds."
"We see a big, very positive change in the approach to renewable energy sources. We hope this change will enable us to get re-involved in very active financing of new renewable capacities in Poland." EBRD is interested in "large wind projects, also solar projects" and is also ready to cooperate on financing offshore wind farms. EBRD could get involved in 3-4 wind farm projects next year provided "there is an auction, there are projects." EBRD's involvement could exceed EUR 100 million assuming the projects have 100 MW capacity each.
EBRD is also interested in "financing gas-fired blocks, especially that they are extremely important in the context of supporting unstable renewable energy sources." The bank could also support "projects related to energy efficiency in industry, in distribution, projects relayed to energy storage, e-mobility, energy-efficient intermodal transport or insulating buildings and apartments."
"We want to support the capital market development when it comes to its infrastructure and creating new instruments. We have actively promoted mortgage bonds, we are involved in discussions on REIT." and "We are actively involved in works on the strategy for capital market development", Zielinski said.