Aedes-Energiequelle for 100 MW+ solar in France; Green signal for SENS to build 50 MW solar plant in England; Enero Furnizare to build 1 GW solar capacity in Romania; Meyer Burger modules for Germany’s Europa Park Stadium; Das Futterhaus enters PPA with Enerparc subsidiary in Germany.
Partnership for 100 MW solar in France: French solar PV developer Aedes Energies and its German counterpart Energiequelle GmbH have announced a solar joint venture (JV) called Aedes-Energiequelle. Based out of France, the JV will develop more than 100 MW capacity. Initial portfolio will comprise various greenfield sites in the departments of Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne, Nièvre, Gers and Haute-Marne. Later more projects will be added to the portfolio. Projects will start getting commissioned starting 2025. While Aedes will be in charge of project development, Energiequelle’s French subsidiary P&T Technologie will construct and manage the facilities. Energiequelle itself will manage the financing and sale of projects.
Steag to build 50 MW solar project in England: The solar arm of Germany’s Steag, Steag Solar Energy Solutions GmbH (SENS) has received the permission to build a 50 MW solar farm in Norfolk, England on what was previously an agricultural farmland. It will be accompanied by storage system for temporary storage of up to 15 MWh. SENS UK is cooperating with Namene Solar Light Company Ltd on the facility. The project will be designed to have a service life of 40 years. Both the companies together plan to add another 200 MW of solar energy capacity to the UK grid over the next 2 years.
Enero to build 1 GW solar in Romania: Romanian energy trader and developer Enero Furnizare has secured connection approval for 71 MW DC/49 MW AC solar project in Dolj county of Romania as the company’s maiden solar facility in the country. It plans to deploy 120,340 bifacial solar panels for the project with 266 solar inverters and commission it by December 2023. Enero said it is also developing 5 more solar projects in Romania with over 400 MW capacity as part of its plans to develop 1 GW PV capacity by the end of 2022.
Meyer Burger modules for German soccer stadium: Switzerland based solar cell and module producer Meyer Burger Technology AG has supplied more than 6,000 high-performance solar modules for SC Freiburg’s Europa Park Stadium to be deployed on 15,000 sq. mtr. rooftop area. The 2.4 MW DC project is currently under construction in Freiburg, Germany by badenovaWÄRMEPLUS, a subsidiary of the municipal utility company badenova, which is the energy contracting partner of SC Freiburg. Meyer Burger said the project is being touted as the world’s largest solar power plant on the roof of a soccer stadium. On completion, the modules are expected to generate around 2.3 million kWh of solar power annually. Meyer Burger said, “The project proves that Meyer Burger’s high-performance modules, sustainably manufactured in Germany, are also an attractive product for large-scale installations.”
Das Futterhaus opts for solar energy: German pet supplies company Das Futterhaus has entered a 5-year power purchase agreement (PPA) through its energy service provider EHA Energie-Handels-Gesellschaft with Sunnic Lighthouse GmbH to procure solar power from a 5 MW DC PV park in Bokel, Schleswig-Holstein. Sunnic is a subsidiary of Enerparc AG. Under the agreement, Sunnic will supply 3.9 GWh annually from the power generated by the plant to EHA which is enough to cover around 70% of Das Futterhaus’ electricity requirements. Das said the PPA allows it to support the growth of subsidy free solar parks in Germany, and also allows it long-term electricity price stability, hedging it from high electricity prices. The pet supplies group with presence in Germany and Austria said it has been procuring power from the solar plant since January 2022. The PPA can be extended by another 3 years.