RWE builds two solar and storage power plants in Garzweiler opencast lignite mine

German energy group RWE AG is building two more photovoltaic plants with integrated electricity storage in the Rhenish lignite mining area. 19.4 MW of solar power capacity and a 6.5 MW battery storage facility are being built directly adjacent to the Königshovener Höhe wind farm operated by the town of Bedburg and RWE (photo). In Jackerath, a plant with 12.1 MW of solar power and 4.1 MW of battery capacity is being built. Bifacial solar modules will be used in both plants, and commissioning is scheduled for early next year.
A similar plant and in the nearby Inden open pit mine with 14.4 MW of photovoltaic capacity and a 9.6 megawatt-hour storage system, originally announced to be commissioned at the end of the summer, is now »close to start-up«, according to RWE. In total, the company is planning renewable energy plants with 500 megawatts of line in the Rhenish lignite mining region.

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