Germany’s Liebrose Solar Farm places 560,000 panels

Turnow-Preilack, Germany — The Lieberose solar farm under construction in Brandenburg became Germany’s biggest, Germany-based juwi Group and First Solar announced. The announcement followed the placement of the 560,000th solar panel.

The solar farm still under construction in Turnow-Preilack, near Cottbus, is a utility-scale project with a total investment volume of about US$228 million. With an output of about 53 MW and with a size of more than 210 football fields, it is the second-largest PV installation in the world.

The project is being developed on the largest former military training site of the Soviet army in Germany. Due to the relatively low investment and operating costs, it is possible to pay Brandenburg a lease that finances the restoration of the site, including the removal of metal and soil contaminated by leftover grenades, shrapnel and munitions. After the end of the lease period, the solar farm can be removed, restoring the land to its natural state.

As general contractor, juwi partner juwi Solar GmbH is responsible for planning, logistics, supervising construction and delivering the finished solar farm, which is expected to be sold to an investor upon completion.

Lieberose is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of this year. Upon completion, about 700,000 thin film modules, predominantly from First Solar’s nearby Frankfurt/Oder factory, will produce enough renewable electricity to cover the equivalent electricity needs of about 15,000 households. In addition to producing the solar panels, First Solar helped finance the project.

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