First joint project realised by Conergy and its partner Renew HGmbH
Hamburg, 17 October 2012 – System supplier Conergy and its long-time partner Renew HGmbH have carried out a joint project in Kaisersesch in the district of Cochem-Zoll in the Eifel, twelve kilometres north of the Mosel, getting it ready for connection to the local power grid. The solar experts collaborated closely on this project. First, Renew carried out all the necessary preparatory work for the construction of the one-megawatt solar plant, whereupon Conergy then performed the planning, engineering and designed the layout of the solar park. The system supplier from Hamburg was also responsible for supplying around 4,000 Conergy PH modules for installation on Conergy SolarLinea mounting systems before handing the “project baton” back to Renew to complete the construction, wiring and connection to the grid.
“This joint project represents a very successful premiere,” said Thomas Rink, Managing Director of Renew HGmbH. “Conergy has many years of experience and extensive expertise in the planning and engineering of solar plants, including larger parks. We have combined this knowledge successfully with our own. Together, we have succeeded in completing the park in a construction period of just six weeks so that it was ready for commissioning under the Renewable Energy Sources Act at the end of September.”
The only part that is still outstanding on the 21,000 square metre plot adjacent to Renew’s company premises is the transmission station. This is scheduled for delivery in late autumn. In future, 57 inverters will then feed some 1 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity into the grid. This is sufficient to supply around 290 households in the nearby Eifel with electricity and to prevent around 560 tonnes of damaging CO2 being emitted. This makes solar installer Rink green twice over: He takes solar plants onto the rooftops of his customers and he generates green electricity at the same time. Including the new park in Kaisersesch, he will be operating solar plants with a total capacity of 2 megawatts. With an output of 1.9 million kilowatt hours, these will be producing 74 times the amount of energy that the entire company consumes each year, including the integrated electric heat pump to heat the buildings.
“The collaboration with Renew and Mr Rink has been outstanding,” said Stefan Balbierz, Managing Director of Conergy in Germany. “Both sides benefited substantially from this collaboration. There will therefore no doubt be further joint projects following this successful ‘pilot’ in Kaisersesch – including new business and marketing models.”
The partners hope to take advantage of the efforts of local governments and authorities to organise the supply of electricity at a local level based on a sustainable energy mix. If both generation and consumption are local there is no need for massive power lines, and it also makes the local population independent of rising electricity prices: “We are convinced that electricity produced locally from renewable energy sources will soon be cheaper for the end consumer that conventionally generated power from the grid,” said Thomas Rink. “And some of the electricity can be sold off at a profit. This will benefit not only local inhabitants but also local communities, private investors and the local economy. It is therefore a sustainable investment in every sense: green and of great potential for the future.”
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