Planning permission has been awarded to Gehrlicher Solar’s 5.3MWp solar park to be constructed on a state-protected water conservation area.
Gehrlicher Solar has custom-built posts and concrete rings on which the substructure, GehrTec Base, will rest in order to comply with the planning order to protect the water conservation area, formally used for agriculture.
The solar park will be developed on approximately 11 hectares of land, and the company will implement unspecified measures on a further 3 hectares to offset the impact of the project on the conservation area.
A total of 27,720 Sunowe solar modules will be deployed as well as six inverters made by SMA.
The solar power system runs along the railway line from Coburg to Ernstthal am Rennsteig and is predicted to produce approximately 5.25 million kilowatt hours every year. This is expected to meet the demand of over 1,500 three-person households and compared with electricity generation from fossil fuels, it will save 4,725 tons of CO2 from being emitted each year, said Gehrlicher Solar.
“The realisation of this project is particularly close to our hearts as one of our offices is situated only a stone's throw away,” said Klaus Gehrlicher, CEO of Gehrlicher Solar. “As Gehrlicher Solar's vision is to ensure sustainable energy supply exclusively from renewable energies, we wanted to start right on our doorstep and we put extensive and in-depth thought into and focus on the sensitive subject of the water protection area.”
The solar park is expected to be commissioned by 30 April.