LEAG Planning 300 MW Solar Project In Germany

German Lignite Miner To Set Up 300 MW Solar Plant At Opencast Coal Mine Site

LEAG Planning 300 MW Solar Project In Germany

Pictured is the Welzowi-Süd opencast mine of LEAG where it has secured clearance to set up a 300 MW solar power plant. (Photo Credit: Christian Bedeschinsky)

  • LEAG has hired EPNE to build a 300 MW solar power plant in Germany’s Lausitz region
  • It has been cleared by the Spremberg City Councillors to come up on the site of an opencast mine
  • With EPNE, LEAG says it has developed a pipeline of up to 2 GW of renewable energy projects

Lignite mining company Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) will be setting up a ground mounted solar power plant of up to 300 MW capacity to come up on the site of Welzow-Süd opencast mine in Lausitz region of Germany as it seeks to turn into a renewable energy company.

The Hühnerwasser und Wolkenberg Solar Park was cleared by the Spremberg City Councillors to be spread across 350 hectares of land, as a green solar park. It means the project will attempt to upgrade the location’s ecology in favor of regional biodiversity. The site will have a wild animal corridor of at least 60 meters wide for large mammals.

Clearance from the local council paves the way for the project owner to undertake land use planning and environmental assessment.

LEAG has contracted EP New Energies (EPNE) to develop and implement the project on its behalf. The current pipeline of renewable energy projects that the duo have developed, adds up to 2 GW.

“We are consciously locating our future solar and wind gigawatt factories in the vicinity of the large Lusatian centers because we want to actively support the structural development of this region with green electricity, which will increasingly be an economic factor,” said LEAG CEO Thorsten Kramer. “At the same time, green electricity is also the basis for the successful settlement of projects for the mobile and energetic use of hydrogen.”

LEAG aims to replace all of its 7 GW conventional power generation capacity with renewable energy.

In June 2021, LEAG and EP New Energies announced a 400 MW subsidy free solar power project in Germany, and a 40 MW PV plant on unused ash dump (see 400 MW Subsidy Free Solar Plant Planned For Germany).

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