By Gary Thomas
Canadian Solar, a premium solar company, has supplied solar modules for the biggest solar park in Hesse, the German city of Dreieich-Buchschlag.
The Hesse solar park was finalized on a waste landfill site. The 8 MW PV system provides electricity to about 2,000 homes in Dreieich.
In less than a period of few weeks, over 40,000 Canadian Solar modules were deployed on an area covering 153,000 sq. m. Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service (FES) was the project contractor, and Sinusstrom GmbH performed the onsite construction. A joint subsidiary of FES and Stadtwerke Dreieich, RMS Rhein-Main Solarpark is operating the solar park. About 25% of the solar modules were earmarked for use as a public participation solar park.
Florian Benten, FES Project Manager, informed that the installation of quality and high performance solar modules is important for a solar project of this magnitude. Through the selection of appropriate partners, installation and grid connection was achieved by 2011 end.
Canadian Solar’s Chairman and CEO, Dr Shawn Qu, commented that the company is happy that Sinusstrom and RMS Rhein-Main Solarpark had selected Canadian Solar modules, and added that the Federal State of Hesse has set up a commendable target to meet its energy needs via renewable energy by 2050. Qu further said that solar has become a practical energy solution and can contribute in meeting the renewable energy goals of the world.