Announced at the end of 2011, Gehrlicher Solar AG has finally started construction of the 35MW ground-mounted solar park at the former military airport in Perleberg. Complex munitions removal from the site and the uncertainty surrounding the German government’s FiT revisions have been attributed to the delay.

Following the successful clearing of the 87 hectare site, the solar power system is expected to generate nearly 33 million kWh per year, which would account for the needs of around 9,300 three-person households.

Gehrlicher intends to build up 62 hectares of this area with substructures, solar modules and inverters. The rest of the area will be used to create a conservation area for meadow-breeding birds. Commissioning of the solar park is planned for June 2012. Compared to energy generated from fossil fuels, the plant will save approximately 32,000 tons of CO2 yearly.

The park was sold to two investment funds of KGAL located in Grünwald near Munich specializing in renewable energies and InfraClass Energie 6, a closed-end fund open to the general public, purchased the western part, while the eastern part was acquired by the European Sustainable Power Fund 2 for institutional investors.