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The signs of the times. A 4 MW SUNfarming PV farm was built near the power station in Ostroleka
The project developer SUNfarming Polska launches four photovoltaic farms with a total capacity of 4 MW in the vicinity of the coal-fired power plant in Ostrołęka this month. SUNfarming is already preparing to build next PV farms in other parts of the country, while looking for opportunities to take over projects with winning auctions.
The launch of four solar farms in Ostrołęka by SUNfarming Polska this month is the result of guaranteeing support for these projects as a result of the first auction for renewable energy, which the Energy Regulatory Office carried out at the end of December 2016.
Under the terms of that auction, all the projects supported at that time must start generating energy by the end of 2018. In the case of projects implemented near Ostrołęka, this condition will be met, and solar farms will start to transfer energy to the PGE Dystrybucja network this month. The entire PV farm complex will produce 4 GWh of electricity per year.
Photovoltaic farms set up by Sunfarming Polska were established in the areas where previously a furnace waste landfill was located. It was formed from the combustion of coal at the power plant in Ostrołęka.
The use of photovoltaics in this place will make it possible to develop areas that are not suitable for use for other types of activities, because they were a landfill of slag and ashes for 35 years.
Currently, SUNfarming Polska is preparing for the construction of further solar farms, for which support was guaranteed in the auction system thanks to the second auction conducted by URE (The Energy Regulatory Office) in June 2017.
It is about three photovoltaic farms that will be built near Łask in the province Łódz. In addition, two PV farms will be built near Ząbkowice Śląskie in the province Lower Silesia. The purchase of a sixth project with public guarantees of energy sales in the auction system is also being finalized.
In line with the liabilities resulting from the auction conducted in June last year, these solar farms must start producing energy by mid-2019.
SUNfarming Polska is looking for opportunities to acquire new projects that can be completed by the middle of next year. The company is also interested in purchasing further PV projects, for which the possibility of settlements in the auction system was guaranteed in the last auction of November this year.
By expanding its portfolio, SUNfarming Polska plans to build a PV farm in Poland with a total capacity of around 20 MW.
Ostrołęka is located at the intersection of national roads from the center and from the south of Poland in the north-east direction. The city has a direct road connection with Warsaw, Olsztyn and Bialystok, from which it is about 120 km away. Ostrołęka is a municipality with 53,000 inhabitants.
The coal burning of the power plants in Ostrołęka has resulted in landfills for ash and slag. 4 megawatt SUNfarming free-field plants are currently being built on these former landfills, which have been fallow for 35 years. The use of landfill sites for the production of green electricity is at the same time a meaningful and sustainable reuse, valuable areas of arable land are spared. The facilities in Ostrołęka were fenced for protection. SUNfarming, with lease agreements limited to 29 years, also takes over the long-term care and safeguarding of landfills. Up to 40 fitters and technicians work at the same time on the construction site, planned completion date is 03 December 2018. These 4×1 MW are projects that have been awarded in the first auction round and must be on the net by 31.12.2018.
With the produced energy amount of 4 million kWh, SUNfarming saves CO2 emissions of approximately 2.20 million kilograms per year, which corresponds to the output of approx. 930 mid-range cars.The amount of energy produced in this way is enough to supply more than 1,600 2-person households in the region with clean electricity from solar energy.
“We are pleased to have set the starting signal for our commitment in Poland with the installation of this 4 MW. More than 1.5 years of market and project development are behind us, so we are all the more pleased about the start of the realization. For 2019, we now have a further 6 MW of project rights in the portfolio, with more to follow, “explains Martin Tauschke, Managing Director of SUNfarming GmbH and SUNfarming Polska sp.z.o.o.
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
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.
SUNfarming GmbH has received an order for the turnkey construction of 5 MW solar plants from investment companies of the Schrum-Tauschke family. The projects have been successfully developed by SUNfarming GmbH for the last few months. These are 750 kWp free-field installations as well as roof-top plants of various sizes within Germany. The construction is expected to begin at the end of July. The order volume is approximately EUR 6 million. The investments are financed via the GLS Community Bank EC. The credit agreements have been signed by the investment companies this week.
“Unlike in the PV industry, we offer a one-stop service, from project development to service and monitoring. We have developed a unique quality assurance system for banks and investors. In our PV components, we rely exclusively on high-quality materials, in addition to the certification by TÜV Rheinland, checked by SUNfarming experts for quality according to a particularly stringent system.
An average of 7% more performance of our plants in recent years confirms the premium quality of our components “, explains Martin Tauschke, SUNfarming managing director.
As one of the ten largest German companies in the field of solar PV, the SUNfarming group has acquired its competence in the field of renewable energy over the past 14 years with more than 500 MWP solar systems as free-field and roof-top plants in Germany and worldwide, of which 115 MWP in its own investment Our group of companies is economically active in the project development, financing, realisation and operation of solar plants and related concepts such as agro-photovoltaics and e-mobility.