REC completes 14.8MW PV plants in Germany

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REC, a provider of solar services, has announced it has completed the installation of two PV power plants in Germany — a 3.8MW PV plant in Schongau and an 11MW PV array in Schependorf.

The company was appointed as EPC contractor and supplied PV modules for both projects. As part of the development process for the 3.8MW plant, REC organised all necessary permits and due diligence and co-ordinated more than 250 construction workers at the plant’s site.

The company installed 16,560 REC Peak Energy Series modules at the site which help to produce 4.5 million kWh of output every year. According to REC, its modules ranked first for energy yield in Photon Laboratory’s 2011 Module Field Performance Test, producing 6% more energy than the test average.

REC also only used German manufacturers and suppliers for the projects. As a result, the racks were supplied by Schletter while the inverters were provided by SMA.

The project, which is located alongside a railroad line and funded by various private investors, was completed and connected to the grid within four weeks which meant that the plant qualified for the June feed-in tariff.

“REC was one of the few suppliers whose panels reached 3.8 MW on an area of 5.5 ha this was one of the deciding factors for choosing REC,” added Tobias Mader, Solarpark Schongauer Norden UG & Co. KG.

Mader added: “Another aspect was the mix of good components and high quality which will pay off with excellent performance and a long lifetime.”

Owned by Osterhof, REC finalised the 11MW PV plant with subcontractor Wattmanufactur. It was built on a former gravel plant which covers an area of 28 hectares and is equipped with 42,526 REC Peak Energy Series modules. The plant generates enough power to supply more than 3,600 households a year.

Commenting on the status of the German solar market, Terje Pilskog, Senior Vice President of Systems at REC, said: “Despite the recently announced decrease of feed-in tariffs in Germany, we believe that large scale solar power plants remain a profitable investment opportunity, because degression will slow down and grid parity will be achieved.”

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