BERLIN, Oct. 18, 2019 -- German electric utility company
Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg (EnBW) announced on Wednesday that it would build
Germany's largest solar park in the federal state of Brandenburg.
According to EnBW, the solar plant would cover 164 hectares
and was scheduled to go into operation in 2020. For the first time, the company
was building a solar park without governmental funding.
With an output of more than 180 megawatts via its 465,000 solar
modules, the plant could supply around 50,000 households with electricity, EnBW
"The size of this solar park will give us a powerful
boost in the expansion of our renewable energy portfolio," said EnBW chief
technical officer (CTO) Hans-Josef Zimmer, adding that solar energy was set to
become the company's "third pillar" besides conventional and nuclear
power plants as well as water power.
The German utility stressed that solar parks "of this
magnitude" could be realized without the levy from the German Renewable
Energies Act (EEG) thanks to a more than 80 percent reduction in costs in the
photovoltaic sector over the last 10 years.
In addition to the 28.7 million tons of greenhouse gas
emissions avoided through the use of solar energy in Germany in 2018, the new
solar park by EnBW would save a further 129,000 tons annually, the German
Environment Agency said on Wednesday.