This 187 MW solar power plant is being built by energy group EnBW, and is expected to meet the electricity demands of 50,000 households and save about 129,000 tons of CO2 each year. While construction is still ongoing, the first part has now started injecting solar power into the grid. (Photo Credit: EnBW)
- Germany’s largest solar park in Werneuchen (Brandenburg) has fed its first hour of electricity into the grid
- This 187 MW solar power plant is being built by energy group EnBW, who is investing about 100 million euros ($119.03 million) into the project
- The construction is on in full swing with about 70% of the 465,000 solar modules being fitted in
- This solar park will produce enough environmentally friendly electricity for approximately 50,000 households and will save about 129,000 tons of CO2
Germany’s largest solar park in Werneuchen (Brandenburg), a 187 MW solar power plant being built by energy group EnBW, has fed its first electricity into the grid. While the first modules and inverters have been placed into operation at one end of the park, installation work is still ongoing at the other end.
Expressing pride at the development, Head of Project Development for Photovoltaics at EnBW, Thorsten Jörß, said, “This is an important milestone for our solar park – and for renewable energies. Large projects like this one ensure that photovoltaics are making a noticeable and cost-effective contribution to the Energiewende (energy turnaround).”
The construction is on in full swing with almost 100,000 posts for the substructure being installed into the ground, and about 70% of the modules being fitted in. A total of 465,000 solar modules are being installed. Both transformer stations that feed the electricity generated at the solar park into the 110 kV high-voltage line, are ready for operation.
German utility EnBW is investing about 100 million Euros ($119.03 million) into the project. This amount is being realised without any state funding and thus places no additional burden on consumers via an EEG cost allocation, it emphasized. This solar park will produce enough environmentally friendly electricity for approximately 50,000 households and will save about 129,000 tons of CO2 each year, it said.
It was only last year that EnBW secured approval from its board to go ahead with the country’s largest subsidy free solar park (see EnBW Secures Green Light For Subsidy-Free PV Project)
The project also includes numerous measures for protecting nature and different species. An entire area around the solar park will be turned into a grassland habitat for a rich variety of species. As demonstrated by Association of Energy Market Innovators’ study, it will provide a home for many species of plants and animals and promote biodiversity. Even while reintroducing vegetation to the project areas, the measures will include planting shrubs and trees and also developing hedges and stepping stone biotopes.