SunEnergy and Solar-Energie Andresen have officially opened their 8.3MW PV plant in Achtrup, Germany. The plant, which was connected to the grid in October 2010, covers 19.3 hectares of reclaimed farmland close to the Danish border and will generate enough electricity to power Achtrup and its inhabitants four times over.
“PV power plants of this size contribute to a high degree to our future electrical power supply. This means not only can nuclear power plants go offline but plans for new coal fired power stations will be rendered obsolete,” Detlef Metthiessen, Schleswig-Holstein’s parliamentary representative, said.
When planning and building the system, SunEnergy and Solar-Energie had to take into account the extreme winds of northern Germany, and designed a custom-made sub-structure to house its 40,000 Hyundai solar modules and FeCon inverters.
“The PV power plant has been running for seven months now and features outstanding results far above the estimated energy production figures. This shows once again that northern Germany’s coastal region is by any means competitive to solar energy produced in the south,” added SunEnergy’s Hartwig Westphalen.