The photovoltaics company is building a ground-mounted system generating a total power of 15.2 MWp on the premises of the former military airport at Rothenburg in Saxony for KGAL GmbH & Co. KG.
Gothenburg / Munich. At the beginning of August Gehrlicher Solar AG started the construction of solar park Rothenburg IV. With 15.2 megawatt of nominal power, the solar power system is projected to generate about 15 million kilowatt hours of green electricity on a yearly basis, an amount sufficient to cover the needs of around 4,280 three-person households and complements the already existing solar parks Rothenburg I-III (21.8 MWp).Currently the steel profiles are rammed into the earth on which afterwards the in-house developed substructure GehrTec® Base for the solar modules we be installed.
“We have had great support in the realization of this project, especially from the political representatives of the city of Rothenburg and the administrative district of Görlitz, but also from the special purpose association of the airport“, emphasizes Klaus Gehrlicher, CEO of Gehrlicher Solar AG. “Gehrlicher Solar’s vision is a sustainable energy supply exclusively from renewable energy. However, all involved partners like airport operator, city, administrative district and local associations can profit from the construction of solar park Rothenburg – above all companies from the region which are used with priority as subcontractors for the construction of the solar park.”
The solar park is built on a total of 30 hectares encompassing the previous military airport of Rothenburg in Saxony and is an example of a sensible use of fallow terrain, which was once used for military purposes. In the weeks to come, Gehrlicher Solar will build up 25 hectares of this area with substructures as well as in each case 7.6MWp solar modules from Yingli and BYD and 16 inverters from the market leader SMA that convert the direct current into grid-conforming alternating current. The rest of the area will serve as what is called compensation area used to create habitats for meadow-breeding birds. Commissioning of the solar park is planned for 30th of September. Compared to energy generated from fossil fuels, the plant will save approximately 13,500 tons of CO2 yearly.
After having realized the solar park Perleberg also this project could be successfully closed with KGAL which is located in Grünwald near Munich. Dr. Klaus Wolf, member of the Board of KGAL, explains: “With the project in Rothenburg we continue the good and trustful cooperation with Gehrlicher Solar AG. Together with the already operating solar parks in Zamora (Spain) and Perleberg we thus have acquired solar power plants with a total capacity of 60 MW for our investors from Gehrlicher – and we always experienced Gehrlicher as a reliable partner.”
About Gehrlicher Solar AG
Gehrlicher Solar AG is an internationally operating photovoltaics company based in Germany with subsidiaries and joint ventures in Brazil, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey and the USA. Gehrlicher Solar employs around 350 staff worldwide and generated a total of EUR 323 million in sales in fiscal year 2011. The company, which was founded in 1994, develops, plans, builds, finances, and operates solar power systems to be mounted on the ground and on roofs – from private homes to multi-megawatt systems. In addition, it distributes solar modules and inverters as well as components from its own GehrTec product range. Gehrlicher Solar also plans, sets up and manages profit-oriented photovoltaic funds and private placement systems for private and institutional investors. Additional information at www.gehrlicher.com
About KGAL GmbH & Co. KG
KGAL GmbH & Co. KG, located in Grünwald near Munich (Germany), has been opening up intelligent solutions for investors in the area of real capital investments for more than 40 years. As at 31.12.2011, the KGAL Group managed an investment volume of EUR 25.4 billion in the investment categories real estate, aircraft, infrastructure, ships and private equity. KGAL currently manages capital for 116,200 investors (incl. multiple subscriptions) with equity investments in a total of 163 active limited partnership funds. These include retail funds, funds for institutional investors and individual investments for wealthy clients. The investors have entrusted EUR 6.7 billion to KGAL in equity capital for these funds. KGAL is an investment company owned by Commerzbank, BayernLB, HASPA Finanzholding and Sal. Oppenheim with German locations in Grünwald (headquarters), Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. Subsidiaries exist in Italy, Canada and Austria. The KGAL Group has 381 employees (as at 31.12.2011). www.kgal.de
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