RWE breaks floor on 14.4-MW photo voltaic challenge at German opencast mine

April 29 (Renewables Now) – RWE AG (ETR:RWE) has begun the development of a 14.4-MW photo voltaic challenge with built-in battery storage of 9.6 MWh at an opencast mine within the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The German energy group is putting in 26,500 photo voltaic modules in two rows and a storage system on a gravelled floor on the western fringe of the Inden opencast mine within the Rhenish mining space. Lignite mining operations at Inden will finish in seven years.

The photo voltaic park is predicted to go surfing by late summer season this 12 months, RWE mentioned earlier this week.

The challenge, value EUR 11 million (USD 11.53m) in investments, was awarded by the Federal Community Company in an innovation tender final 12 months.

“Power transition and structural change within the Rhenish mining district are progressing nicely with initiatives just like the RWE indeland photo voltaic farm. There’s loads of area for renewables amenities on the areas beforehand used for opencast mining – the mining district will thus stay an power location sooner or later,” mentioned RWE Energy Lignite CTO Lars Kulik.

The Essen-based power group is planning to deploy a minimum of 500 MW of renewables capability within the Rhenish lignite mining area. It already operates or is at present constructing wind parks with a complete put in capability of round 200 MW within the area and extra wind and photo voltaic initiatives are being deliberate.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.049)

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