Another subsidy-free utility-scale project in Germany

German utilities Stadtwerke München (SWM) and Stadtwerke Augsburg (SWA), together with the Augsburg-based Hessing Foundation, are planning to build a 100-megawatt solar power plant on the island of Rügen in northern Germany, about 800 kilometers away oft their supply regions. The project is to be financed without subsidies under the country’s Renewable Energy Law (EEG). The EEG tenders are limited to a maximum of 20 megawatts of capacity per project, which is why more and more large plants have been implemented outside these tenders for several years. Currently, this also offers higher revenues for the electricity generated.
The plant is to be built on 100 hectares of low-yielding land belonging to the Gut Güttin farm, owned by Hessing Foundation. SWM, which will hold a 70 percent share, says it needs the electricity revenues to fulfill its supply mandate. Although they operate a good 70 renewable energy plants and are also planning more, »regionally, it is not possible to generate as much green electricity as Munich needs,« says Helge-Uve Braun, the company's technical managing director. SWA's motivation for its investment is similar.

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