Initiated this time last year, Parabel has now finalized the design for the 100MW solar park on parts of the former Jännersdorf military training area in Prignitz, Brandenburg, Germany. The Marienfliess Solar Cluster is to be constructed in several phases, to begin at the end of this month, on 430 hectares of land, with completion expected in 2013. There will be four construction sites near Jännersdorf and further east, two sites in Krempendorf.

“The approval procedure has been a rather protracted process. The requirements for the compensatory and supplementary measures were very high, so we had to readjust the project design,” according to Jürgen Will, CEO of Parabel AG. “With the shape of the clusters that has now been attained, we have not only met all ecological requirements but have also managed to organically integrate the individual solar arrays into the landscape. In addition, the local community and environment will now benefit from newly created public paths, the planting of valuable mixed forest areas instead of the existing monocultures, and the designation of new biotopes.”

Due to the previous military purpose of the area, it will need to be cleared of munitions since the site is contaminated with munitions fragments. The environmental and species conservation measures include the resettlement of sand lizards. These and other measures will be organised and conducted by Parabel AG in dialogue with environmental conservation organisations.

Parabel states that the municipal federation of Meyenburg, to which the Marienfliess municipality belongs, is well on the way to becoming one of the most important renewable energy regions in Germany, with the first wind turbine in Brandenburg installed in 1991. The new solar power generation is hoped to enable further local business taxes to flow into the Marienfliess municipality.