Solar hotspot Brandenburg aims for 7 kW of PV per capita by 2030
Post date: 18/09/2023 - 17:12
The German state of Brandenburg is launching a »solar offensive« that aims to almost triple its installed photovoltaic capacity from the current level of around 6.2 gigawatts (GW) to 18 GW by 2030 and more than quintuple it to 33 GW by 2040. At 2.4 kilowatts (kW) per capita, Brandenburg already ranks first among all German states and is also one of the regions with the highest solar power density worldwide.
This is mainly due to the fact that there are many ground-mounted solar power plants in the state, which is sparsely populated for central Europe. As a result, there is already almost as much solar power capacity per inhabitant on the grid as the German government is planning to achieve in 2030: the 215 GW target for Germany as a whole would correspond to 2.55 kW per capita. Brandenburg's 2030 target would be equivalent to about 7 kW per capita based on today's population (2.57 million), and 12.8 kW at the 2040 mark.
»The focus,« states a press release from the responsible Ministry of Economy, Labor and Energy (MWAE), »is particularly on rooftop systems, parking lot PV and other special solar systems such as agri- or floating PV.« However, it will probably not be possible to achieve the targeted expansion figures in these plant segments. The state government also emphasizes the improved financial participation of municipalities in solar power plants that has been decided at the federal level. In Brandenburg, this is to be used, among other things, by means of a »ground-mounted PV levy act.«