Gehrlicher Solar AG to start construction of the Perleberg Airport solar park
On behalf of two funds managed by KGAL GmbH & Co. KG, the photovoltaics company is building a ground-mounted system generating a total power of 35 MW on the premises of the former military airport at Perleberg in Brandenburg.
Perleberg / Munich On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Gehrlicher Solar AG began construction of the Perleberg Airport solar park. After the complex undertaking of removing munitions from the converted location, all areas were finally approved for construction. Now that this final hurdle has been cleared, there is nothing standing in the way of rapid progress in construction. With 35 megawatt of nominal power, the solar power system is projected to generate about 33 million kilowatt hours of green electricity on a yearly basis, an amount sufficient to cover the needs of around 9,300 three-person households.
The park was sold to two investment funds of KGAL GmbH & Co. KG located in Grünwald near Munich specializing in renewable energies: InfraClass Energie 6, a closed-end fund open to the general public purchased the western part, while the eastern part was acquired by the European Sustainable Power Fund 2 for institutional investors.
The solar park is built on a total of 87 hectares encompassing the previous military airport of Perleberg in Brandenburg, halfway between Hamburg and Berlin. For a short period, the success of the project was called into question as the federal government's plans to cut down feed in tariffs (FIT) for solar power systems caused a state of uncertainty. Thanks to the political support from the Perleberg region, the Federal State of Bavaria and Berlin, which was guided by a long-term view, it was possible to work out an appropriate transition period for ground-mounted projects on conversion areas and thereby the realization of this solar park. In the weeks to come, Gehrlicher Solar will build up 62 hectares of this area with substructures, solar modules, and inverters. 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 June 2012. Compared to energy generated from fossil fuels, the plant will save approximately 32,000 tons of CO2 yearly.