Work on the project, to be built across 62 hectares, is scheduled to be complete by May 2012. Once online, it is expected to generate 32.7 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, which should be enough to provide energy to 9,300 three-person households.
The remaining 25 hectares at the airport, located between Berlin and Hamburg, will be developed into "compensation areas" where, for example, meadow breeding grounds will be established.
Fred Fischer, Mayor of the city of Perleberg gathered together with Holger Rupprecht, Member of State Parliament, and Klaus Gehrlicher, CEO of Gehrlicher Solar to kick the project off.
Gehrlicher commented, "For our ability to bring about this large project, we have to thank the good cooperation of the city and regional authorities and of the landowners and tenants. This is an example of a sensible use of fallow terrain, which was once used for military purposes."
Gehrlicher has completed a number of large-scale solar parks in Europe. This one is expected to be its biggest when finished, however.
Last week, solarhybrid announced that it would install a 150 MW photovoltaic project at a former military airport in Brandenburgs Neuhardenberg. The company has a track record of installing solar at old airport sites.