Citizen-financed PV park receives 8.2 MW of solar power from Hanwha SolarOne

Global PV manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne – part of the Korean-based Hanwha Group – has supplied 8.2 MWp of solar modules to the Lerchenhaid II PV park in Germany’s Bavaria federal state.

The park was implemented by Gold SolarWind Management GmbH (GSW), who secured the financial backing of a number of local citizens for its creation.

"GSW has successfully realized a true showcase project, both in terms of project planning and financing as well as with regards to local commitment," said Hanwha SolarOne’s managing director, Maengyoon Kim. "We congratulate the citizens of the city of Straubing and county of Straubing-Bogen on their sustainable investment."

The local energy initiative is a partnership between GSW and Straubing’s citizens and local utility – Stadtwerke Straubing. The citizens contributed complete funding for the PV park, and have also invested in five 3.1 MW wind turbines to be installed in Bösel, Lower-Saxony. It is estimated that the Straubing Burgerenergie II project will generate 47 million kWh of clean power a year.

"As was also the case for our first energy initiative in Straubing, local interest for the project was very high," said GSW’s general manager, Lucia Gold. "The citizens‘ shares were sold out within a few days of going on sale.

"With private citizens investing their savings," she continued, "delivering the expected return is our highest priority. After thorough evaluation, we chose Hanwha Solar modules for our project in Straubing. We are confident that these high-quality modules will deliver clean energy for years to come."

Lerchenhaid II PV park runs parallel to both sides of a railway track that serves the town of Lerchenhaid. The park was connected to the grid at the end of April, and has a total installed capacity of 12.4 MWp.