Brandis/Bennewitz, Germany [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Over 11,000 posts are in place, the first 2,600 aluminum sub-structures have been assembled, and approximately 100,000 solar modules have been mounted and wired at the WalPolenz Solar Plant, which will be the largest PV power plant in the world when fully completed.Construction at the site — a former military airbase east of Leipzig — will continue till the end of 2009.
The surface area of the 40 megawatt installation is as big as approximately 200 soccer fields. When the project is finished, the entire power station will generate around 40 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity every year from its thin film solar modules. The power station is being built in the Muldentalkreis district in the eastern German state of Saxony on half of the location’s 220 hectares in the townships of Brandis and Bennewitz.
Investment in the Waldpolenz Solar Park amounts to some €130 million. The project is a demonstration of the progress being made on scaling and cost-cutting in the photovoltaic industry.
Germany’s legislation, the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), stipulates payment of approximately 35 euro cents per kWh, making installations that use new technologies like thin film commercially cost-effective.
Juwi international is developing the project and First Solar is supplying the thin film solar modules.