Subsidy Free Solar Power For German Railways

Enerparc To Supply Subsidy Free Solar Power To German Railway Company Deutsche Bahn From 90 MW Project Under 30-Year Power Purchase Agreement
11:12 PM (Beijing Time) - 19. November 2020
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After agreeing to directly feed solar power into Germany's transmission network under an agreement signed between Enerparc and Deutsche Bahn in January 2020, Enerparc has now bagged a 30-year solar power supply agreement with the German railway network company. (Photo Credit: Enerparc AG)

Key Takeaways

  • Enerparc has signed a PPA with Deutsche Bank to supply solar power for 30 years
  • The project in question here will have 90 MW capacity in Gaarz and will be ready for full commercial operations in H1/2021
  • Deutsche Bahn has contracted Enerparc to supply 80 GWh of clean energy annually from the new facility

Independent power producer, developer and EPC company from Germany, Enerparc AG has bagged a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for a subsidy free 90 MW solar park with German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG. Enerparc is part of the agreement through its subsidiary Sunnic Lighthouse GmbH.

Owned by Enerparc, the 90 MW project will be located in Gaarz near Plau am See. Grid connection of the fully constructed solar power plant is scheduled for completion in H1/2021. Under the agreement with Deutsche Bahn it will procure around 80 GWh annually from the facility that’s financed by Deutsche Kreditbank AG.

“With such long-term PPAs it is now possible for large companies to make a major contribution to achieving climate goals, for example by reducing CO2 – in this case around 55,000 tons per year compared to conventionally generated electricity,” said CEO and board member of Enerparc, Christoph Koeppen. “And we are proud to realize and implement such a PPA project for Deutsche Bahn now already for the second time.”

Previously in January 2020, Enerparc and Deutsche Bahn signed an agreement to feed solar power directly into the German railway network from a new 42 MW solar system in Wasbek in Schleswig-Holstein.

In May 2019, BayWa r.e. said it will build an 8.8 MW Barth V Solar Project as the country’s 1st subsidy free solar park (see BayWa Building Germany’s 1st Subsidy-Free PV Project).

Recently, during a TaiyangNews webinar, Enerparc’s Team Leader Systems Engineering, Armin Scherl gave background on the advantages of string inverters for utility scale solar projects over central inverters (see Advantage String Inverters, Say Enerparc & Ginlong Solis).

Anu Bhambhani

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