Rezolv Energy acquires rights to develop Bulgaria’s largest solar plant

  • The 165-hectare, 229 MW installed capacity plant, acquired from YGY Industries JSC, will be situated in Silistra Municipality in north-eastern Bulgaria
  • Named ‘St. George’, the plant is expected to be online in early 2025; its installed capacity will be equivalent to 13% of Bulgaria’s current solar energy production
  • Rezolv Energy already owns more than 2GW of clean energy being prepared for construction in Romania, including what will be Europe’s largest solar project

Rezolv Energy, an independent renewable energy producer focused on Central and Southeastern Europe, has acquired the rights to build and operate a 229 MW solar plant in Silistra Municipality in north-eastern Bulgaria. Named ‘St. George’, construction is due to start before the end of this year; the plant is expected to be completed in early 2025. Once constructed, it will be the largest solar plant in Bulgaria.

Rezolv has acquired the project from Bulgarian company YGY Industries JSC, owned by Mr. Yavor Georgiev.

St. George will be built on the site of the former Silistra airport, a decommissioned airfield covering 165 hectares. The project will comprise nearly 400,000 solar panels. With an average annual power generation of 313 Gigawatt hours (GWh), it will produce the equivalent of 13% of Bulgaria’s currently-installed solar power.

The plant will be connected to the main 110 kV transmission grid via two independent connection lines totalling about 6 kilometres in length. The power will be sold to commercial and industrial users through long-term Power Purchase Agreements.

The project will create a large number of new jobs in the construction phase. Approximately 500 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees will be hired, both for light assembly – which is work suitable for men and women, on both a full-time and part-time basis – and highly-skilled engineering roles. Longer term, the power plant will provide local employment for skilled and semi-skilled labour throughout the 30 plus years of operation.

St. George will be designed, constructed, and operated to the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.

Rezolv Energy was launched last year by Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure. Rezolv already has more than 2GW of clean energy being prepared for construction in Romania, including the 1,044 MW Dama Solar project, which will become the largest solar plant in Europe once it is operational.

“Solar will make up almost 13% of Bulgaria’s total installed capacity this year, and estimates suggest that close to 6GW of solar power will be generated by 2030. We are very proud that St. George will be such a major part of that growth story. It will help Bulgaria meet its renewable energy targets and contribute to its energy independence. Crucially, for the business sector, it will also enable us to provide highly competitive, subsidy-free clean power at a stable price for industrial and commercial users right across the country.”

– Alastair Hammond, Chief Operating Officer

“Rezolv continues to go from strength to strength and we are delighted to be funding its investment in such an important project. Actis’ ambition is to make a substantial contribution to the Energy Transition in this region through major, large-scale projects which are constructed and operated to the highest sustainability standards. St. George is exactly the kind of project we had in mind when we took the decision to back Rezolv.”

– Jaroslava Korpanec, Partner and Head of Central & Eastern Europe at Actis

Rezolv Energy celebrates first year milestone

We recently gathered in Prague to celebrate a memorable event, marking Rezolv Energy’s one year of success. Today, as we officially turn one, it’s the perfect moment to pause and reflect on our remarkable journey over the past 12 months.

Our first year had two primary objectives that guided our every step. First, we set out to make significant strides towards our ambitious goal of building a multi-gigawatt portfolio of renewable energy projects across Central and Southeastern Europe. Second, we aimed to build a team of exceptional individuals, equipped with the expertise needed to support Rezolv’s growth in the coming years.

On the first priority, we are, of course, immensely proud to have over 2GW of renewable energy projects being prepared for construction. And there’s even more exciting news on the horizon—so stay tuned for further updates! It’s been a dream start.

What fills us with the greatest pride is the remarkable progress we’ve made on our second objective. The Rezolv team has grown to over 35 talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, representing 14 different countries. We have experts spanning various areas—operations, commercial, legal, finance, policy, business development, and ESG—essential pillars that support the continuous growth of our business. It is our people, more than anything else, that are the real foundation on which we will continue to build Rezolv.

Interested in being part of a fast-growing team that is already having a major impact on accelerating the energy transition in this region? Do drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you.