RWE starts construction of solar power plant at Inden opencast lignite mine

German energy group RWE has broken ground on a 14.4-MW solar power plant at the Inden (Northrhine Westphalia) opencast lignite mine, along with a 9.6 MWh storage facility. The »RWE Indeland Solar Park« is scheduled to go into operation this summer. The investment is around €11 million ($11.7 million).
The solar modules will be installed in two strips around 1.4 kilometers long and around 100 meters wide on a gravel area on the western edge of the open-cast Inden mine. When the mine closes at the end of 2029, the area will be the embankment and shore of the »Indesee«, a lake created by the flooding of the open pit mine. However, the water will not reach the shore level for about 20 years, according to RWE.
The company plans to build at least 500 MW of renewable capacity in the lignite mining region of Northrhine Westphalia by 2030.
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