Huge solar complex in East Germany is being built

Solarpark Weesow-Willmersdorf

EnBW has already put the region’s first solar park into operation. The next two are now being planned.

(Photo: EnBW)

Düsseldorf The east of Brandenburg is becoming a hotspot for solar energy: the energy company EnBW recently put Germany’s largest solar park into operation north of the city of Werneuchen, 30 kilometers east of Berlin. According to information from the Handelsblatt, he is now planning two solar parks of almost the same size in neighboring communities.

A gigantic solar cluster is to be created with a total of almost 500 megawatts of power. The solar systems together achieve roughly the capacity of a coal-fired power station block and will produce enough electricity per year to completely supply 130,000 households.

Together, the three parks will cover an area of ​​400 hectares. That corresponds to around 550 soccer fields. Above all, all three solar parks will get along completely without subsidies. “We are showing here that solar energy is possible on a large scale,” said Dirk Güsewell, who heads the Generation Portfolio Development department at EnBW. In total, the energy company plans to invest around a quarter of a billion euros in the region.

The solar complex in the east is symbolic in several ways. Solar energy, together with wind power, has contributed to the energy transition in Germany for two decades – and now covers nine percent of electricity consumption.

The approximately 1.9 million solar systems are mainly installed on the roofs of private houses. Photovoltaics (PV) have long been considered a small form of energy that only had a chance thanks to funding. But now it seems to be making the breakthrough in Germany on an industrial scale.

“We generally see that PV electricity is the cheapest form of energy. This also applies to Germany. This is economical for large-scale systems and in different business models, ”says Andreas Bett, Chairman of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). That is why one expects the PV market to continue to grow even in times of crisis.

While other industries are struggling to survive, wind and solar are experiencing unprecedented euphoria. In this year alone, global manufacturing capacities for solar modules rose by 20 percent worldwide, according to Bloomberg.

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