Construction starts on a 32-MWp solar-plus-storage project in Germany

German energy supplier RheinEnergie AG has begun the construction of a solar plant with a capacity of 32 MWp in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which will be tied to a battery storage system of 7 MWh.

The solar park located near the Mueritz airfield in the communities of Laerz and Rechlin will produce enough electricity to supply around 10,000 households. The battery to be installed at the site will ensure that the electricity is also available at night or in rainy weather.

Goldbeck Solar has been hired to build the solar park on behalf of RheinEnergie. By October 2023, the EPC contractor will install over 56,800 modules on an area of ​​about 30 hectares (74.13 acres). The commissioning of the solar park is scheduled for the beginning of 2024.

For 20 MWp of the solar plant’s capacity, RheinEnergie secured a state subsidy as part of an innovation tender by the Federal Network Agency. The electricity from the remaining 12 MWp of the facility will be marketed without state subsidies.

The construction of the Laerz-Rechlin solar park comes about a year after RheinEnergie put into operation a 19-MW solar farm in Bavaria. The power supplier currently operates 28 photovoltaic systems with an installed capacity of about 57 MWp across Germany and 26 wind farms totaling more than 172 MW.

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