Photovoltaic Expansion Outside Germany’s Renewable Energy Law, EEG: Juwi Hands Over Subsidy-free Solar Park to Municipal Utility

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In Metzdorf in Brandenburg, around 50 kilometers northwest of Frankfurt an der Oder, the juwi group has built a 7.8-megawatt (MW) solar park and has now successfully handed it over to the operator, Stadtwerke Tübingen (swt). The special fact about the project: The solar park in the district of Märkisch-Oderland does not require the EEG remuneration. Planning, construction and marketing took place completely outside of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). The project is thus further evidence of the increasing market maturity of renewable energies in Germany.

“We are breaking new ground with the Metzdorf II project in Germany,” says Björn Broda, Head of the Renewable Energies Germany (EED) division at juwi. “Juwi is marketing the project without EEG remuneration and without a power purchase agreement (PPA). Our partner, Stadtwerke Tübingen, is the buyer of the solar park and at the same time provides the PPA for the project company. We expect that such models with municipal utilities and energy suppliers, who then market the generated electricity in their own portfolio, will also gain in importance in the future for PV systems of this size. It is a question of portfolio management and financing whether the operator structures the project with or without a PPA.”

The construction of the project started in November of last year. The commissioning is planned for February. For Stadtwerke Tübingen, the purchase of the solar park is an important component in its green electricity portfolio. By 2024, the company wants to cover 75 percent of Tübingen’s total electricity needs with green electricity from its own assets. The current figure is around 64.7 percent, to which the new “Metzdorf II” solar park will bring an increase of 3.3 percent.

“In the meantime, Stadtwerke Tübingen have established a greater total capacity in the photovoltaic sector than in wind power, even if this energy source still offers a greater electricity yield in the context of renewables. With our recent acquisitions, we have greatly expanded solar power, while wind power has been experiencing a real boom for some time,” says Ortwin Wiebecke, Managing Director of Stadtwerke Tübingen. “This development shows how important solar energy is for the energy transition and that it will continue to play a key role in the coming years regarding the Tübingen climate targets for 2030. Thanks to long-term partners such as juwi, we can take decisive steps on our expansion path with new solar parks.”

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