Touted as a ‘reference site’ for mid-sized solar power plants in Germany, Q-Cells and customer HEP Kapital have initiated a 5.3MWp plant on a 19-hectare brownfield site close to Spremberg in the federal state of Brandenburg at a cost of €16 million. The project, constructed by thermovolt uses 24,000 c-Si modules supplied by Q-Cells. The solar park is located on the site of a former military barracks that required clean-up work before construction could begin.
“For Q-Cells, the installations in the Spremberg solar park are a reference project for medium-sized photovoltaic systems in commercial and industrial applications,” noted Winfried Owtscharenko, Managing Director of Q-Cells International GmbH for the Commercial & Industrial division. “We have extended our product portfolio with this segment since the start of 2010 as part of our strategic realignment.”
With large-scale farmland-based projects eliminated from FiT benefits, mid-sized projects on brownfield sites could become a key growth sector in Germany. Q-Cells comments that this type of project was part of its ‘strategic realignment,’ could suggest that former large-scale projects that required major financing that proved difficult to arrange and could lead to long-lead times, including finding buyers, stretching working capital, could be on the decline.