SOLARPARK MEURO, GERMANY
World‘s Largest Solar Power Plant 2011 Produces Power with Canadian Solar Modules.
GP JOULE, a leading international engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) and project development company, built one of Germany’s biggest solar power plants on what was formerly a lignite mine. Today the 152-hectare area in Meuro, Germany, is an environmentally-friendly energy source for 17,500 households.
The 70 MW plant comprises 306,000 CS6P-P modules from Canadian Solar and, as a result of that project, the area of Senftenberg in Southern Brandenburg has become a bright spot in Europe’s solar world. On September 24, 2011 the park was officially opened by Prime Minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck.
"We are proud to see our modules selected for this prestigious landmark project. With this solar power plant, GP JOULE is demonstrating the true large-scale potential of solar energy in meeting energy demands worldwide. This project also significantly increases our presence and brand awareness in Germany, consistently the world’s top solar market. We look forward to continuing our successful cooperation with GP JOULE,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.
The system was initiated by Berlin-based project development company, unlimited energy GmbH. Besides establishing the required legal framework, unlimited energy strongly focused on environmental protection in the plant’s design. The project’s investment frame of approximately 150 million Euro was provided by three German banks. Saferay holds two thirds of investments and operations.
“The project shows that large-scale photovoltaic systems are faster to develop and build than any other type of power plant. Even today, in a country with fewer sun hours like Germany, we can produce energy cheaper than offshore wind power systems, for instance“, said Dr. Marko Schulz, CEO of Saferay GmbH.