Press | 14.03.2011

Construction starts at the Heckfeld solar park

Gehrlicher Solar: Gerald Kumerle and Dr. Tim Jungblut(from the left)

Gerald Kumerle, Dr. Tim Jungblut (from the left)

A ceremony today marked the official start of the construction of a solar park (1.9 MW) in Baden-Wuerttemberg's Main-Tauber-Kreis.


Dornach near Munich. The megawatt plant is being constructed near Lauda-Koenigshofen in Baden-Wuerttemberg on a former building rubble landfill, alongside the A 81 motorway. After compensation payments for agricultural surfaces here had ceased, two conditions are now being met that make it eligible for support: the development of so-called "conversion surfaces" and solar potential within the "110 metre motorway corridor". 


The Heckfeld solar park has a peak capacity of 1.9 megawatts. Its total area, including transport, compensation and green spaces is about 22.4 acres, of which about 11.4 acres are to be covered with solar panels. 23,640 modules from the manufacturer, First Solar, will produce about 2 million kilowatt-hours per year of green power. This can supply about 600 three-person households with green energy over a year. The CO2 savings is about 1,230 tonnes per year. Three inverters, made by SMA, will transform the produced direct current into net-compatible alternating current. The grid connection is planned for the end of May.


Gehrlicher Solar AG is responsible for the design, planning and construction of the solar farm. Gerald Kumerle, Technical Director of the Business Unit Ground Mounted Systems: "The typical high expectations Gehrlicher Solar has for durable quality are being met in full once again. We do our own engineering and install our own facility using high-quality components which ensure a high quality standard." Dr. Tim P Jungblut, Commercial Director of Ground Mounted Systems, adds: "We are very pleased with the exemplary commitment of the citizens of Main-Tauber-Kreis. This project clearly shows that active participation in the energy revolution is possible."


The sole investor is the BürgerEnergie Tauberfranken (Tauberfranken Citizens' Energy) cooperative. Board member Joachim Thees is pleased with the start of construction of the solar farm: "For the first time, such a project is being put in place in the region by the joint financial efforts of as many citizens as possible. The success of the solar system, the financial gain and the resulting purchasing power will directly benefit the people and businesses in our region."


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