Uniper plans one of Germany’s largest solar power plant projects

German energy group Uniper SE, largely state-owned since the natural gas crisis following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, is planning two solar power plants in the immediate vicinity of its former power plant sites in Huntorf and Wilhelmshaven in Lower Saxony. The project in Wilhelmshaven is to have a capacity of 17 megawatts (MW), while the plant planned on a 285-hectare site in Elsfleth (Wesermarsch district) is currently one of the largest photovoltaic projects in Germany, with a capacity of around 300 MW. The Elsfleth municipality passed the decision to develop the site on August 18, so the land use planning process is now underway but is not expected to be completed before the end of next year.
Uniper describes the direct proximity to the »Energy Transformation Hub« in Huntorf as »of particular interest«. The company operates a compressed air energy storage (CAES) power plant there. In April 2021, Uniper agreed to cooperate with utility EWE, which operates a natural gas cavern storage facility in Huntorf, to establish a hydrogen hub there.
Uniper puts its pipeline of renewable energy projects at 1.5 gigawatts now » across various European markets.«

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