The systems, with an investment volume of approximately 30 million, are now to be officially connected to the network operated by the energy provider responsible for the region, EnBW Regional.
Construction of the solar park located near Berolzheim, Germany began back in February. The park consists of two separate areas, one covering nine hectares with a capacity of 4.6 MWp, the second covering 11 hectares with a capacity of 6.4 MWp. Approximately 50,000 crystalline solar modules have been installed here, which the company says can supply 3,500 households with energy, thus saving some 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Jörg Eßer, managing director of the MCG Management Capital Group said: The Ahorn solar park is the latest addition to our investment portfolio which focuses on solar energy systems. Since 2007, we have invested a total of approximately 400 million in solar energy projects since we believe that these sustainable investments represent both high-yield as well as low-risk capital expenditure.
Winfried Owtscharenko, managing director of Q-Cells International GmbH for the Commercial & Industrial systems added: For Q-Cells, the Ahorn solar park plants are reference projects for medium-sized photovoltaic systems in commercial and industrial applications. In order to expand this segment, we have been extending our product portfolio since the start of 2010 as part of our strategic realignment.
Despite the ongoing discussion about feed-in tariffs for solar energy, the Ahorn solar park demonstrates that it is possible to carry out profitable work from which all parties benefit even given a restrictive and fast-changing environment. For this purpose, legal and planning security as well as protection of confidence are reliable site advantages. In future, ingenia AG is to focus on the development and optimisation of project rights for obtaining renewable energy. As a general contractor, we are also interested in implementing smaller projects, concluded Holger Gerwin, ingenia AG.