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Conergy and its partner Renew have connected a 1MW PV facility in Ulmen, Germany, representing the companies’ second joint solar power project.

The plant is owned by local energy cooperative MEHR Energie and was developed by Renew and constructed by Conergy. Conergy was also responsible for supplying all the components.

The solar park covers around 25,000 square metres of land and consists of 3,800 Germany-manufactured modules provided by Conergy, which collectively produce approximately 845,000 kWh of electricity annually. It is also equipped with Conergy’s SolarLinea mounting systems. This is said to be enough to power around 240 households, equivalent to almost a quarter of Ulmen’s residents.

MEHR Energie will operate the plant and intends to sell part of the electricity directly to the businesses located in the nearby Eifel-Maar-Park industrial estate. Checks are currently being carried out to establish the technical options for connecting to the industrial estate.

“An ever increasing number of communities are aiming to organise the supply of electricity at a local level with a decentralised setup based on a sustainable energy mix,” said Stefan Balbierz, managing director of Conergy in Germany. “In Germany, solar power is increasingly competitive, and this creates many new opportunities and business models. Through the direct selling of locally generated energy in the local area, for instance to nearby businesses, everybody benefits – the citizens and communities, but also private investors as well as the local economy. That makes the involvement in such projects a truly sustainable and promising investment.”

Thomas Rink, managing director of Renew added: “We are very pleased that we were able to further expand our good collaboration with Conergy with this second major power plant after the excellent experiences from the pilot project. Conergy’s years of experience and extensive knowhow in the planning and configuration of solar parks and our skills in the area of electrical installation complement each other superbly. We intend to continue this successful partnership in the future – we already have further joint projects on the drawing board.”