German utility EnBW to build 180MW, subsidy-free solar project, country’s largest to date

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:German utility EnBW has signed off on the investment for a 180-megawatt subsidy-free solar farm. As well as becoming Germany’s largest solar farm, EnBW says it will be the first major unsubsidized solar project in the country.Work on the Weesow-Willmersdorf plant, in the state of Brandenburg, will begin at the start of next year. The company expects commissioning to take place before the end of 2020.EnBW CTO Hans-Josef Zimmer said he was confident in the project’s economics without subsidies, but cautioned that it, and future projects, would require priority dispatch rules to remain viable.The priority dispatch rule is part of Germany’s landmark renewable energy act, known as the EEG. It attempts to limit the curtailment of renewable sources by putting them at the head of the queue for grid access.But the European Union has ruled as part of its post-2020 energy package that new renewable energy projects in member states should not benefit from priority status. An exception was granted for solar installs up to 400 kilowatts. Existing plants won’t be affected.Developer BayWa r.e. is in the construction phase of a small 8.8-megawatt, subsidy-free project that it refers to as a test case. It will be one of the country’s very first to go forward without subsidies.More: Germany’s largest solar farm will also be subsidy-free German utility EnBW to build 180MW, subsidy-free solar project, country’s largest to datelast_img

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