Following preliminary planning approval by the Fürstenwalde municipal council on December 14, to amend the land-use and development plan, solarhybrid is looking to begin work on the project by the end of next July. Meanwhile, completion and grid connection are scheduled for December 2012.
The project will be located at a former military airport, and will be undertaken by both Solarhybrid and Airport Development A/S. It will represent the second time the two parties have worked together on such a solar project.
Overall, the airport site is 700 hectares. Sohy Neuhardenberg GmbH & Co. KG – subsidiary of solarhybrid, and tasked with the job of carrying out and financing project development – will lease 340 hectares on a long-term basis. Around 280 million is being invested in the project. It is not yet known who will supply the equipment needed to kit it out.
"The feasibility of the project was examined thoroughly," said solarhybrid in a statement released. "The extremely flat site is free of vegetation and ideally suited, it has the characteristics required for conversion due to its many years of military use."
A part of the site, like in the FinowTower project, will continue to be used for flights, with a shortened runway. Meanwhile, Airport Development has said it is also looking to install wind and biomass projects there. Its aim is to "create the largest and most important location in Europe for renewable energies".
In related news, solarhybrid has announced that the Neuhardenberg location will become the new home of its operations and management department. The newly-established solarhybrid Operations & Maintenance GmbH plans to move into its offices and warehouse soon.
In the last two years, the company has completed eight photovoltaic projects at former military airports in Germany, worth a total of 218 MWp.