Bavaria's largest solar park feeds its first power into the grid
The first 30 MWp of the Schornhof solar park near Ingolstadt in Bavaria will be connected to the grid today. The Schornhof solar park is the largest solar park in Bavaria. A total installed capacity of 120 MWp will be built on an area of about 150 hectares. The solar park is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2021.
Due to the size of the solar park, the solar power generated will not be fed into the medium-voltage grid. With the help of a specially constructed transformer station, the voltage will be increased from 20,000 to 110,000 volts to feed the solar power directly into the high-voltage grid.
At the same time as commissioning, Statkraft and Anumar have secured further 40 MWp, which are still under construction, via a long-term PPA. For a period of ten years, Europe's largest producer of renewable energy will purchase around 40 GWh of solar power annually and integrate it into the supply of industrial customers. Consequently, Statkraft is now marketing the entire power generation of Anumar’s solar park.
"As early as July 2020, Statkraft and Anumar laid the foundation for the realisation of the Schornhof solar park by concluding the first PPA. I am particularly pleased that we are concluding another power purchase agreement today while the first part of the plant is commissioned. We are visibly driving the energy transition forward with ambitious projects like this one," says Patrick Koch, head of Statkraft's origination department in Germany. The two companies have thus concluded electricity supply contracts with a volume of 90 MW.
In summer, the Ingolstadt-based solar company Anumar signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Statkraft for 50 MWp for a period of around 11 years. Furthermore, both companies agreed on a short-term direct marketing contract for 30 MWp, which will be built under the EEG.
"With today's milestone, we have finally proven that Anumar is a key player in the solar industry. We want to be a contact for local authorities and project developers so that projects of this kind can be successfully implemented. PPA's are an important part of the energy transition "", explains Andreas Klier, Managing Director of Anumar.
About the project
The Schornhof solar park in the municipality of Berg im Gau with a total installed capacity of 120 MWp is being realised on an area of around 150 hectares in several sub-projects, which are financed via PPAs and via an EEG subsidy. The pure investment sum is around 60 million euros. In total, more than 110 GWh of electricity will be generated sustainably every year, which corresponds to the supply of around 30,000 households.
Anumar designs, builds and operates solar power plants in Germany and Chile. By strengthening the regional added value, the company has been able to successively expand its own stock of photovoltaic plants since its foundation in 2010. By the end of the year, the Ingolstadt-based company will operate solar power plants with a total volume of over 100 million EUR.