Voltwerk Builds Germany’s Biggest Solar Plant

The German renewable energy firm, Voltwerk AG, will start building the country’s largest solar power plant in the Bavarian area of Soechtenau this month.

FRANKFURT, Germany, DE, 2001-09-04 [SolarAccess.com] The German renewable energy firm, Voltwerk AG, will start building the country’s largest solar power plant in the Bavarian area of Soechtenau this month. The announcement follows the agreement signed earlier this year by Conergy AG, to supply 3 MW to the local power grid. The first stage, a 600 kilowatt PV unit, will link by November to the Isar-Amperwerke power grid in a project sited in one of the sunniest regions in Germany. The location is ideal for an efficient community solar plant, according to Martin Bucher of Voltwerk. It will meet the needs of one-quarter of Soechtenau’s 2,500 homes. Germany’s Renewable Energy Law requires energy suppliers to pay solar power generators a surcharge of 99 pfennigs per kWh for solar-generated electricity that is fed into the grid. The new plant will receive 590,000 marks a year from the surcharge, as well as cutting CO2 emissions by 600 tonnes a year. Citizen shareholders in the community plant will receive dividends and Voltwerk is using credit from the government for the plant construction, as part of the national ‘100,000 solar roofs’ program. The solar station will produce a sales volume of up to DM 30 millions for Conergy, according to chairman Hans Martin Rueter. The company wants to achieve sales of DM 100 million this year. The Conergy group is active in photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies.
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