Germany: Ronneburg solar park inaugurated

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A site previously used for the supply of uranium for the former Soviet Union’s nuclear industry now houses over 83,000 solar modules that generate more than 19 million kilowatt-hours of clean power per year. The photovoltaic plant, operated by public utility Stawag Energie GmbH will generate enough electricity to power a small town like Ronneburg with a little over 5,000 people.

"Fortunately, the nuclear age is a thing of the past. The future belongs to renewable energies. That is why the Free State of Thuringia pushes the energy transition with projects like the one in Ronneburg. The decentralized expansion of renewable energies offers regions great economic potential und increases the local value chain," stated Machnig in his welcome address.

Herbert Muders, juwi Solar Managing Director, emphasized the necessity of PV free-field installations for the energy transition. "Solar electricity is an essential element of a power supply based on renewable energies. The urgently needed energy transition based on 100 percent renewable energies cannot be achieved without an increasing number of large PV free-field installations," he said.

He added, "Solar power significantly and permanently lowers the price of electricity at the stock exchange by replacing expansive conventional power plants and by producing electricity in peak hours. Prospectively, PV will provide low-priced clean electricity."