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Construction commences on EnBW solar park

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EnBW is constructing its 'Weesow-Willmersdorf' solar park with an installed output of 187 MW on an area covering 164 hectares. The solar park is located almost 26 kilometres northeast of Berlin in Werneuchen, Brandenburg, Germany. The park will generate an annual yield of 180 million kWh of electricity, saving about 129 000 tpy of CO2. The entire project is due to be commissioned before the end of 2020.

More than 40 companies have been commissioned by EnBW to work on the construction of the solar park. There are activities that can be carried out regionally from site management, traffic safety, landscape conservation and manual trades through to disposal work. During the construction phase, a total of up to 150 people will be working at the construction site at the same time. Several employees will be constantly present at the site during the operating phase to handle the maintenance and repair work.

The electricity will be fed into three 110 kilovolt overhead cables operated by E.DIS Netz GmbH. Two new transformer stations will be built to the west and southwest of the park in close vicinity to the high-voltage lines. EnBW is currently laying 7 km of cables to the planned transformer station to the southwest of the park in the district of Blumberg. The almost 4 km-long connection to the planned transformer station to the west of the park near Börnicke will be completed later.

The around 465 000 solar modules at the park will face south, have a construction height of around 3 m and will be installed at an inclination of 20 degrees to the supporting structure. They will be distributed across four solar fields, divided by the local road network which will still be publicly accessible.

The solar power plant has a planned service life of 40 years. This is why EnBW has selected very high-quality, durable components and will ensure that comprehensive quality assurance measures are implemented throughout the entire service life of the park.

Ecological supervision commissioned especially for this project will ensure that all construction work is completed in harmony with the local flora and fauna and especially that the 'Weesower Luch' nature reserve located to the south of the solar park remains protected.

Alongside the actual technical facilities, the project also includes numerous compensatory and replacement measures for the protection of species and nature. For example, the entire area on and around the solar park will be turned into a grassland habitat for a rich variety of species. Measures will also include planting shrubs and trees and developing hedges and stepping stone biotopes, which will complement the natural habitat found in the neighbouring nature reserve.

EnBW plans to place the solar park into operation in construction stages. EnBW cancelled the planned groundbreaking ceremony on 16 March as a precaution due to the current situation surrounding the Coronavirus in Germany.

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