Project Focus: Phoenix Solar to use First Solar modules in two new power plants


Phoenix Solar has won tenders for two new solar power plants using First Solar’s CdTe thin-film modules from SWT Stadtwerke Trier, the city utility for Trier, Germany. The first project in Bitburg will start construction this week and employ 72,000 modules for an installed capacity of 5.6MW. The second project will use 28,000 First Solar modules, generating a peak power of around 2.2MW, are to be assembled in Fell. Phoenix Solar has now worked on 11 such projects in the region.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity of proving our long-standing experience and our know-how in planning and building large-scale solar power plants to energy supplier SWT,” said Andreas Hänel, CEO of Phoenix Solar. “The project with Stadtwerke Trier shows that solar energy is playing an increasingly important role in the renewable energies mix.”

“Through these two new large-scale photovoltaic plants, SWT Stadtwerke Trier will continue to expand the decentralised production of energy in the Trier region. All in all, we will then be operating nine power plants generating local green electricity. By investing almost €60 million over the last three years we have been able to treble the share of renewable energy production in the region,” stated Olaf Hornfeck, SWT’s managing director.

Phoenix Solar is also responsible for the delivery and installation of data monitoring as well as setting up the data link to SWT’s control system. The company will hand over the solar power plants in a turnkey state in June.

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