RWE builds 8.4 MW solar park in Hambach open pit mine

German energy group RWE AG has begun construction of the »RWE Neuland Solar Park« in the Hambach open pit mine. The site is located in the riparian zone of the future reservoir, but RWE assumes that the water level will not reach the area for about 40 years. When completed at the end of the year, the plant is expected to have an output of 8.4 megawatts, making it similar in size to the »RWE Indeland Solar Park« in the Inden open pit mine, which was unveiled a few weeks ago. A storage facility, which is also planned, is to be designed for a two-hour power input and output of over eight megawatt hours.
The plant is located in the direct vicinity of the planned »RWE Neuland 1 Solarpark« solar project with a capacity of 17.6 MW. If the building permit comes quickly, construction could begin this year. The name »Neuland« comes from the development company Neuland Hambach GmbH, which represents the interests of the neighboring communities and with which RWE plans to cooperate in the operation of the solar projects in the Hambach open pit mine.

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