Germany: IBC Solar starts work on 27.5 MWp PV project

Cited as one of the largest projects of its kind in the region, the Jura Solarparks, which is comprised of six photovoltaic projects, is scheduled to be completed and grid connected by this September.

Construction work on the first park, worth 8.4 MWp, has already begun. Expectations are that it will be connected to the grid by August, and will generate enough energy annually to power the equivalent of 2,260 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 4,600 tons.

Overall, the Jura Solarparks project will be spread across an area of 63 hectares and should provide enough energy for around 8,097 homes.

"The Jura Solarparks are one of the largest Bavarian projects," explained Udo Möhrstedt, founder and CEO of IBC Solar. "By consistently expanding a distributed infrastructure of renewable energy sources we can become the showpiece among the German states in the post-fossil era even without costly grid expansions."

According to the German photovoltaic company, three of the six installations will be marketed as "Citizen Solar Parks", meaning that residents from surrounding communities will be allowed to join in.

Oliver Partheymüller, project manager at IBC Solar explained: "Using photovoltaics, areas which cannot be used otherwise can create value to the benefit of the entire region. With the Solar Parks, residents from three rural districts will have the chance to invest in solar energy. Apart from this attractive investment option, they get the opportunity to contribute to a sustainable energy supply."

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the Bavarian Prime Minister added: "The Bavarian government has decided to cover half of its electricity consumption with renewable sources by the year 2021.

"This highly ambitious aim cannot be achieved without the involvement of the Bavarian citizens. The Jura Solarparks demonstrate that people are willing to take care of their energy supply. What is being created here certainly is a role model for Bavaria’s electrical power supply in the future."