First section of a 300 MW plant on former lignite mine in eastern Germany on-grid

A solar power plant with a capacity of 90 megawatts has been connected to the grid on a high dump of the Klettwitz open pit mine in Brandenburg, Germany. »Klettwitz North« is the first section of the »Lausitz Energy Park« designed for up to 300 MW. Engineering, procurement and construction of the plant was carried out by GP Joule Anlagenbau EPC. Project partners of the energy park are the companies Steinbock EE and Terravent Investments.
According to GP Joule, the subsoil of the open pit site, which was already closed in 1991, required special attention during the construction work, which began last October. In addition, the cable routes of a neighboring wind farm run through the site. The solar power plant was designed so that wildlife could continue to pass through it and also use it as a refuge.
Construction of the second section, »Klettwitz South,« with an expected 80 MW, has already begun and is scheduled for completion this fall. A schedule for the third section, »Hochkippe Sallgast,« with an expected 120 MW, which was also announced last October, is not yet available.

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