“A bit more energy-independent”: Official inauguration of the “Alttrebbin” and “Gottesgabe” solar parks / Together with the “Weesow-Willmersdorf” solar park, the solar cluster near Berlin is complete

“Every kilowatt-hour from renewable energies makes Germany a little less dependent on imports of fossil fuels,” said EnBW board member Georg Stamatelopoulos on Friday afternoon at the inauguration of the two solar parks in Brandenburg, which together have a capacity of around 300 megawatts (MW).

It has been almost a year since EnBW put Germany’s largest ground-mounted solar system into operation, the Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park in Brandenburg. With the inauguration of the two subsidy-free XXL solar parks in Alttrebbin and Gottesgabe, each with around 150 megawatts, the EnBW solar cluster east of Berlin is complete. Solar energy thus makes an important contribution to the renewable energy supply in Germany.

Using the sun to protect the climate

Thanks to the environmentally friendly generation of energy from these three large solar parks, around 325,000 tons of CO 2 emissions can be avoided each year.

“As EnBW, we want to make a tangible contribution to sustainable power generation and thus to the energy transition,” added Stamatelopoulos.

He officially inaugurated the two new projects together with the Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Michael Kellner, the district administrator of Märkisch-Oderland, Gernot Schmidt, and the mayors Werner Mielenz and Mario Eska.

State Secretary Kellner congratulated everyone involved: “Seeing what has been achieved here puts you in a good mood and is a signal that the energy transition is progressing. The expansion through subsidy-free solar parks like this is a huge opportunity and a location advantage for Brandenburg.”

Both systems have been fully operational since the end of March. Around 700,000 solar modules generate environmentally friendly electricity for the annual needs of around 90,000 households. Battery storage, each with a capacity of 3.9-megawatt hours, covers the internal requirements of the substations and inverters and also feeds the generated energy into the power grid. The combination of renewable systems and decentralised storage systems contributes to making solar power more constantly available.

“Wherever it makes sense and can be implemented economically, we plan to include such storage systems in our solar parks,” explained Thorsten Jörß, Head of Photovoltaic Project Development at EnBW, who welcomed the guests at the inauguration.

Experience history – from the Bronze Age to the Second World War

In addition to the everyday surprises on a construction site, the Alttrebbin and Gottesgabe solar parks offered the EnBW construction team, who have now been tried and tested, further interesting insights into history. Both areas were in a suspected explosive ordnance zone, which necessitated extensive clearance work.

“This work alone cost a high six-figure sum,” informed Jörß. “Although the area is now free of contaminated sites from wartime, a number of scrap remains and over 100 horseshoes.”

During the earthworks for the grid connection to the substation near Metzdorf, archaeologists found a well with lots of pottery shards, which experts first estimate date to the Iron Age around 2,500 years ago. They also came across the grave of a child. A stone ax inside suggests that it is a burial site from the late Bronze Age – around 3,000 years ago.

“These are exciting events that make every construction of a solar park varied and unique,” says Jörß, who is proud of the achievement of the team, which built and commissioned two large solar parks at the same time within a year. In total, around 30 main and ancillary trades and over 100 suppliers had to be managed during the construction phase – plus the surprises on site.

In autumn, more than 3,000 shrubs are added to the green area

Technically, the systems are ready. EnBW will lend a hand again in autumn to ensure that they fit properly into the landscape over the years. In both Alttrebbin and Gottesgabe, EnBW plants more than 3,000 shrubs, including dogwood, hawthorn, wild apple, wild pear and other native species. Over time, this creates attractive living space and feeding grounds for small animals, insects and birds inside and around the solar systems.

Source: https://www.enbw.com/
Image source: Courtesy of EnBW

Read more Solar energy news here