German solar farms

Germany experienced a boom in solar power in the years 2010-12. The 22.5GW of installed capacity in these years amounted to 30% of the world additional capacity. Since then, new capacity has fallen dramatically to just 1.53GW in 2016, despite installation costs falling to a quarter of the costs a decade ago. As a result, most of the large solar farm projects date from this period.

Solar farms with capacities over 60 MWp

1. Solar Complex Senftenberg

Capacity: 246 MWp. Opening: 24 Sept. 2011

Photovoltaic open space plant. Consists of: Solar park Schipkau (72 MWp), solar parks Senftenberg I (18 MWp), II and III (78 MWp). There are a total of 636,000 solar modules.

2. Neuhardenberg Airfield

Capacity: 145 MWp. Opening: March 2013

Photovoltaic open space plant, Brandenburg. In 2015 an additional battery storage power plant was built, lithium-ion accumulators with a capacity of 5 MW and a storage capacity of 5 MWh. The solar park consists of several partial areas with a total capacity of 145 MWp on 240 ha and was the most powerful solar park in Germany when it was commissioned. The annual standard working capacity is around 140 GWh.

3. Templin-Groß Dölln solar park

Capacity: 128 MWp. Opening: 30 Sept. 2012

Photovoltaic plant on 214 ha, 1.5 million thin-film modules (First Solar), and 114 inverters. Construction costs 204.5M euro.

4. Brandenburg-Briest solar park

Capacity: 91 MWp. Opening: 1 Dec. 2011

383,000 crystalline modules with a module area of 65 ha, arranged on an area of around 200 ha. Each module has an output of 230-245 Wp. Average annual output of around 10 MW (12% peak output).

5. Finow Tower I + II (Schorfheide, Eberswalde/Finow military airfield)

Capacity: 84.7 MWp. Opening: 1 Dec. 2011

Photovoltaic free-field plant in Brandenburg. The annual standard working capacity of the overall system is around 82 GWh.

6. Eggebek solar park

Capacity: 83.6 MWp. Opening: 1 Dec. 2011

7. Solar Park Finsterwalde (Lichterfeld-Schacksdorf)

Capacity: 80.7 MWp (38GWh). Opening: 1 Dec. 2011

8. Alt Daber (Wittstock/Dosse)

Capacity: 67.8 MWp (71.4GWh). Opening: 2011

Photovoltaic free-field plant in Brandenburg. Module technology: First Solar thin-film technology, 850,000 modules. Battery storage power plant as of 2014

Other solar parks

Straßkirchen (54MWp), Lieberose (53MWp), Waldpolenz (52MWp).