Germany's Largest Floating Solar Plant to find Up in Open-Pit Lignite Mine Site

Nov 2, 2022 09:11 AM ET
  • Based on details, the solar project is expected to generate regarding 20,000 megawatt hrs (MWh) of clean electrical energy annually.
  • LEAG and EP New Energies (EPNE), the project programmers, can now make applications to the authorities for the needed structure permits by the end of 2022.

The government officials in eastern German Cottbus have actually led method for the advancement of the largest floating solar energy plant in Germany. The solar plant will turn up on the Cottbus Ostsee lake which is a man-made lake developed out of a previous open-pit lignite mine. The announcement of the upcoming solar energy project has been made by the city's mayor Holger Kelch along with energy firm LEAG.

The official statement held that with the federal government providing an environment-friendly signal for the floating solar project, LEAG and also EP New Energies (EPNE), the project designers, can now make applications to the authorities for the called for building permits by the end 2022. Based on details, the solar project is expected to generate regarding 20,000 megawatt hrs (MWh) of clean electricity each year.

The building helps the lake-based solar project is expected to start by the spring of 2023. LEAG has additionally discussed formerly that the solar power plant could be operationalised following year itself.

Fabian von Oesen, Head of Renewable Energies at LEAG, specified, "Although the floating solar plant on the 1,900-hectare Cottbus Ostsee lake is to inhabit less than one percent of the lake's surface area, the plant will make a vital payment to the climate-friendly power supply of Cottbus' harbour district."

The size of the lake makes it possible to mount such a floating solar power plant without encroaching on lakeshores made use of for tourism or troubling planned shipping courses, claimed the press release. LEAG calculates the plant will certainly create sufficient electrical energy to supply 5,700 houses annually.

City Mayor Holger Kelch better included, "Floating photovoltaics is only the primary step that we are taking with each other; other projects, such as wind turbines and a lake water heatpump, will adhere to."

The Cottbus Ostsee will likewise come to be the biggest fabricated inland lake in Germany. The nation wants to set up a capacity of 215 GW of solar energy by the end of this decade. This suggests that it has to include some 2022 GW of capacity each year.

LEAG, on the various other had, likewise prepares other renewable projects in Brandenburg on various other previous fossil fuel-based project sites.



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