Berlin, 28. September 2011, The Prime Minister of Brandenburg opened the 78 MW part of a 148 MW photovoltaic plant completed by Berlin based project developer and EPC saferay GmbH on September 24. The plant is located on former open-pit mining areas close to the city of Senftenberg, Eastern Germany. Saferay’s 78 MW plant has been completed within just three months and generates power for about 25,000 households. The plant consists of 330,000 crystalline solar modules and 62 central inverter stations. The overall complex also includes a 70 MW plant which shares a common infrastructure with Saferay’s plant and an 18 MW plant, which was already completed last year, bringing the total installed capacity of the complex to 166 MWp.
The € 150 million investment for the 78 MW plant was financed by three German banks. Saferay itself operates and owns two thirds of the project and was responsible for its financial structuring.
The team of saferay is specialized in the planning, construction, financing and operation of large photovoltaic systems and has already built several of the world’s largest plants. “The realization of the solar park Senftenberg II and III within three months in cooperation with our highly efficient partner companies has set new standards in the building of large PV installations”, says project manager Juan Fernandez. Managing director Marko Schulz adds: “This project shows that large-scale photovoltaic systems can be completed much faster than any other type of power plant. Despite its location in not-always-sunny Germany, the plant is able to generate power at lower cost than, e.g., offshore wind power.“
Brandenburg’s Prime Minister Matthias Platzeck emphasized: “Utility scale PV projects like this one play an important role in securing Germany’s energy supply and speed up the country’s transformation to renewable energies.”
Berlin-based unlimited energy has developed the project with a particular focus on preserving nature and its habitat: "We preserved large areas of land between the installations to develop breeding space for birds and other animals alike“, says Torsten Käsch, managing director of unlimited energy.
Source: saferay GmbH