Bolanden, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com]
juwi solar GmbH has put the final touches on a 90,000 thin-film module "Rote Jahne" solar power plant in Saxony, Germany. Connection to the electricity grid this week finalized construction of the large-scale photovoltaic (PV) project.
"Thin-film modules have stood the test in many projects, are cheaper than crystalline modules and produce more energy per unit of installed capacity."
-- Lars Falck, juwi solar GmbH, managing director
With total output capacity of six megawatts (MW), it is the fifth largest PV installation operating in the world. Built at a former military airfield, its module surface area comprises approximately 6.7 hectares and will produce approximately 5.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar electricity every year.
As the general contractor, juwi installed the entire turnkey project. Investment amounted to around Euro 21 million [US $28 million]. The "Rote Jahne" PV power plant is based on First Solar thin-film technology.
"Thin-film modules have stood the test in many projects, are cheaper than crystalline modules and produce more energy per unit of installed capacity. We can clearly see that the skepticism that reigned two years ago has given way to higher demand. So its part in the overall market will increase distinctly in the future," said Lars Falck, managing director of juwi solar GmbH.
Near the "Rote Jahne" solar park juwi recently began construction of the world's biggest PV power plant. In the Muldentalkreis district the juwi company is installing a 40 MW solar park at a former military airbase in the townships of Brandis and Bennewitz. More than 550,000 First Solar thin-film modules will be used in an area comparable to 200 soccer fields. That project is due to be finished by the end of 2009.
Germany is a leader in the use of solar energy, with 300,000 solar power arrays installed, amounting to a capacity of some 2,300 MW (status end of 2006). In 2006 PV power production rose 60% to about two billion kWh.