Solar park complements wind farm in Oening
SENS builds a 15 MWp solar park in an existing wind farm for the Altmühl-Jura Energiegenossenschaft
A picture under the sign of renewable energy can be seen in the municipality of Berching/Oening, in Bavaria. In addition to the rotating wind turbines, construction work for a solar park has been busy here in recent months. In an existing wind farm, the PV service provider SENS from Würzburg built a 15 MWp open-space photovoltaic system for the Altmühl-Jura Energy Cooperative (AJE), thus further expanding the share of renewable energy in the region.
15 MWp for the energy transition
AJE has a clear goal: to actively shape the energy transition in the Altmühl-Jura region. That is why several ground-mounted PV plants are currently being planned and implemented to further increase the share of solar energy in the region. The first project was realised by SENS in recent months, after the cooperative itself had taken over the project planning for the solar park. "We had a tight time concept for this project," says Thomas Schmidtner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AJE. "But in SENS we found a Bavarian partner for this who supported us in our ambitious project as a general contractor."
Thus the EPC service provider (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) erected an almost 15 MWp high-performance solar park for the region this year. More than 25,000 solar modules were installed on an area of 12.5 hectares, the energy generated by which is then fed into the distribution grid via the Oening transformer station. With an annual power generation of about 16,000 MWh, 4,000 households in the region can now be supplied with electricity and approximately 8,000 tonnes CO2 emissions can be saved per year.
Moving towards renewables
"We were very impressed by the activities of AJE as well as the will and motivation of the entire region to advance the energy transition together," reports Fabian Herr, COO of SENS. Together with project manager Harry Rauch, he was on site at the groundbreaking event in Oening and could literally feel the energy. "With our Good Energy, we can optimally support the municipality in its goal to advance the expansion of renewable energy as quickly as possible. Despite all the hurdles in the current supply chains, we completed the solar park in a minimum of time."
So, in addition to the existing wind farm in Oening, solar energy is now set to become an important part of the energy mix. The now completed solar park is therefore only one of five projects currently planned in the Altmühl-Jura region.