Project developer Energieversorgung Gera has announced that its 1.2MWp PV plant, built on the site of a former gas power plant, is now active. On December 9, the Gera, Thuringia-based power plant, which is equipped with 4,900 PV modules supplied by project contractor SunEnergy Europe, was completed with the help of a €2.1 million investment from Energieversorgung Gera.
From the 21 interested parties who put forth a proposal for the construction of the plant, Hamburg-based SunEnergy Europe won the contract and was faced with the removal of the former gas plant’s cement foundations, armouring steel and old disused pipes.
SunEnergy Europe GmbH’s CEO, Hartwig Westphalen, commented on the new PV plant, “As early as seven years ago we successfully demonstrated that it is possible to turn something that costs money into something that brings money to the commune by building a PV Power Park on a former landfill in Lower Saxonian Neu-Wulmstorf. Given [that] areas like these are not the easiest to develop a project for, but benefits like we have in Gera show that it is well worth the effort.”