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Thuringia’s Minister for Trade and Industry Matthias Machnig has officially inaugurated the state’s largest PV plant located in Ronneburg, Germany. Built on 40 acres of a former uranium ore mining site, the plant has a PV capacity of 20MW and an output of 19 million kWh of electricity per annum.
The project began construction in April and utilizes more than 41,000 PV modules which were installed by German project developer juwi. Electricity produced from the plant will be fed into the local grid.
During the inauguration, which was attended by political and business representatives, Machnig stated, “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”.
Herbert Muders, juwi’s managing director, added, “Solar electricity is an essential element of a power supply based on renewable energies. The urgently needed energy transition based on 100% renewable energies cannot be achieved without an increasing number of large PV free-field installations. 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.”