Municipalities + agriculture

1
Aug

3.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity from solar energy

Four more SUNfarming solar parks with a total power of 3,000 kWp solar energy were successfully connected to the grid until the middle of 2018 in Märkisch Oderland and in Saxony-Anhalt.

In the municipalities of Wolmirsleben, Wegeleben and Hennickendorf in Saxony-Anhalt, 750 kWp were ever realised on former landfill sites, a further 750 kWp were completed in Harzgerode in the district of Märkisch Oderland as a free-field plant.

“Every year the four plants together produce proud 3.2 million kilowatt-kilowatts of electricity. This is enough to supply electricity from solar energy for about 900 households over 30 years. 11,000 built-in SUNfarming quality modules ensure a CO2 saving of 1,700 tonnes per year”, explains Martin Hinneburg SUNfarming head of sales and project calculation.

Landfills are as sites for Solar Park as created, no shading, conveniently located and the network connection in the immediate vicinity. Administration and municipal policy advocated a leasing of the area and the development of a photovoltaic system since other uses are often not to be reconciled with the context of a former landfill.
In addition to the sustainable generation of energy, the solar parks have additional financial benefits for the counties, which has an impact on the costs of the citizens.
Read more about the SUNfarming Own-Electricity-Concept for municipalities

24
Jul

SUN:BAR Photovoltaic Barnim GmbH plans first PV plant

Joint venture with SUNfarming subsidiary invests in decentralized energy generation plants

The District Council deputies decided it at the March meeting and in June it was legally founded: the SUN:BAR Photovoltaic Barnim GmbH. The project company, a joint venture between the Brandenburg BPG Beteiligungs-und Projekt Management GmbH from Erkner (sister company of SUNfarming GmbH) and the Barnimer Energy Investment Company MBH (BEBG) plans to invest in the Barnim decentralised generation and storage of electricity from renewable energy sources.

The first project is already on the verge of implementation: this year, the expansion of the landfill in Eberswalde will start an energy park. Up to 2020, three solar plants with an installed capacity of 750 kWp are to be built on the site of the decommissioned landfill. The completion of the first plant is already planned for autumn 2018.

“It is our first joint venture with a municipal company and we are pleased to be able to contribute a part to the implementation of the Barnimer energy turnaround,” says Martin Tauschke, technical managing director of SUN:BAR.

“With the BPG we have found a competent and experienced partner in the solar plant investment planning and plant management to build municipal production plants in the district Barnim. In perspective, our goal is to market the electricity generated here also regionally. The participation of citizens is also within reach. One of the three plants could be conceived as a citizen solar system, we examine “, announces Christian Mehnert, managing director of SUN:BAR.

2
Jul

SUNfarming GmbH issues a secured 6.5% corporate bond with a five-year term and a volume of up to EUR 15 million

Erkner, 2 July 2018 – SUNfarming GmbH, an international specialist in project development and the subsequent realisation of turnkey photovoltaic projects, is issuing a fully secured corporate bond (ISIN: DE000A2LQZZ1) with a volume of up to EUR 15 million. The bonds offer a coupon of 6.5% p.a. (semi-annual interest payment) with a term of five years.

An amount of EUR 5.0 million of the proceeds from the issue is intended for the optimisation of the debt capital structure. The further proceeds from the issue shall be used to finance the company’s own project business, in particular the project costs for the development and construction of PV systems for capital investors, commercial enterprises or project companies of the Schrum-Tauschke cooperation group, which, in the broadest sense, also includes SUNfarming GmbH, and to finance the former’s project business. A further amount equal to the interest payments for one year shall be deposited in a trust account to secure the investors’ interest payment claims. Read more

26
Jun

Successful Intersolar for SUNfarming

2018, the SUNfarming group again took part in the world’s leading trade fair for the solar industry with a competent team.

The interest in our products and projects was as big as every year and our SUNfarmer have held many concrete discussions with local and international partners from Europe, Africa and Latin America in order to create projects and to further develop current projects. In addition, contacts with suppliers and banks as well as international financial institutions were expanded. Among others, DKB (Deutsche Credit Bank AG) and GLS (Community Bank EC), as well as the international banks FMO (Dutch Development Bank) and the World Bank subsidiary IFC visited our stand to look at the development of relations in the financing of German and International projects.

Franz Alt, a multi-award-winning journalist and author, was also a welcome guest at our booth. Many years of political commitment to the “Solar World Revolution” combine Franz Alt and Peter Schrum, SUNfarming founder and honorary president of the BRM (Federal Association for Regenerative Mobility e.v.).

A delegation of the Ministry of Energy of the Dominican Republic under the direction of Clemens Findeisen, GIZ project manager to promote the energy turnaround to achieve the climate goals in the Dominican Republic, informed himself in a conversation with Peter Schrum about The outstanding development policy possibilities of our product “SUNfarming Food & Energy”. The mayor of Hanoi and his economic delegation also showed great interest in this product.

“The SUNfarming has adapted its business model for Germany to the EEG 2017. We have been developing and building successfully 750kWp systems since the end of last year and will continue this 2018 with a volume of approx. 20MW. The already existing business model of own-power plants for trade and municipalities will also be further expanded in 2018, explains Martin Hinneburg, purchasing and sales service.

“We are very pleased with the Fair days! In addition to the existing customer care, we were able to establish many new contacts, which will be very helpful on the way to internationalization of the project business. We will be on Intersolar again next year, “said Martin Tauschke, SUNfarming co-founder and managing director.

17
Jan

GreenTec Award 2018: We are among the TOP 3!

GreenTec Award 2018: We are among the TOP 3!

We are very excited!
Our project “SUNfarming Food & Energy” was selected by an independent jury of experts among the TOP 3 finalists in the category Sustainable Development.
Since its founding in 2008, the GreenTec Awards have become the world’s most important environmental award. Together with more than 120 partners, they offer large and small companies the international stage to present the best projects for environmental protection.
SUNfarming Food & Energy:
Agro-solar greenhouses provide sustainable food, energy, jobs, education
SUNfarming´s unique technology makes it possible to produce economically attractive and resource-efficient food and energy at the same place. The project is providing knowledge transfer in train-the-trainer programmes for students and skills development for people from local communities.
15 agro-solar green-houses have been installed on the campus of the NWU University in South Africa. A team of experts from North-West University and SUNfarming is responsible for the running and training of agro-solar technologies and the research purposes to identify the right crops. The generated solar power is used directly by the university.
Learn more about “SUNfarming Food & Energy”

All finalists can be found online

The first Food & Energy Training Centre in South Africa is a partnership project:
Operating project partner: North-West University Potchefstroom
Co-financing project partner: KFW DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH)
Coordinator of the project: ALENSYS (Alternative Energiesysteme AG)

20
Nov

SUNfarming solar energy for 1600 households

SUNfarming solar energy for 1600 households

The SUNfarming photovoltaic plants on the former landfill Seelow and Hennickendorf in the district Märkisch Oderland in Germany were officially handed over on 03.11.2017. District administrator Gernot Schmidt and EMO works director Angela Friesse were attending the handing over. The power generated can supply more than 1,600 households with electricity.
Karsten Balzer, authorized signatory of SUNfarming, described the facilities as win-win projects. “Both, SUNfarming and the district Märkisch Oderland, benefit from it. SUNfarming takes over the long-term care and security of the refurbished landfills with the leases that are limited to 27 years, “explained Balzer. The 150,000 m2 landfill site in Hennickendorf, or 39,191 m2 in Seelow, were fenced in for protection. During the construction of the facilities, the properly covered landfill body was not to be damaged. In Seelow a special concrete base was created for this purpose. Both systems are equipped with a remote monitoring system. Faults or damage are reported immediately. Thanks to the support of the district, the construction of the freefield plants was possible, emphasized Balzer.
For the district, the plants have meaning in many ways, said district administrator Gernot Schmidt. “They correspond to the energy concept of the district, where renewable energies are very important,” he said. Even today, these energies in the district would generate 130 percent of the electricity needed in households. On the other hand, it would eliminate the care and maintenance costs for the EMO as owner. “And the leasing income benefits the citizen,” says Schmidt. For the three landfills covered with SUNfarming solar modules in Wriezen, Hennickendorf and Seelow, these are around 20,000 euros per year, added EMO works director Angela Friesse. The money flows into the fee calculation.
Numbers and facts:
■ Landfill Hennickendorf: 7200 modules, total capacity of 1500 kW. Performance: The plant generates electricity for about 600 households.
■ Landfill Seelow 11 808 modules, total capacity 2460 kW. Performance: The plant in Seelow generates electricity for approx. 1000 households.