RWE builds solar park in Inden open pit mine

German utility RWE AG wants to use the western edge of the »Inden« open-cast mine (North Rhine-Westphalia) to build a 14.4 MW solar park with a 9.6 MWh battery storage system. The German Federal Network Agency awarded the electricity company the contract in the latest innovation tender. In the next step, the company is obtaining bids for the components of the plant and applying to the district for a building permit. RWE estimates that the installation could begin in October and generate and store electricity for the first time in June 2022. The »PV Hybrid Inden« plant is reportedly the first of its kind by RWE in Europe.
The innovation tender had a volume of 250 MW. 43 bids with a volume of 509 MW were received. Only bids for combinations of solar plants with storage systems were submitted. A total of 18 bids with a volume of 258 MW were awarded.
RWE was also successful with another solar project in the community of Seesbach (Rhineland-Palatinate) in the most recent tender issued by the German Federal Network Agency, where the company plans to build a photovoltaic plant with an installed capacity of 2.4 MW.

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