EnBW to build Germany’s largest subsidy-free solar farm

German utility EnBW announced yesterday it will construct Germany’s biggest subsidy-free solar farm.

The company has made a final investment decision on the 180MW of Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park near Werneuchen in Brandenburg and expects to start laying cables at the beginning of next year.

EnBW said it plans to commission the park, which will comprise 465,000 solar modules, at the end of 2020. The facility will be capable of producing enough energy to supply 50,000 households.

Last year EnBW purchased the then pre-development project from Procon Solar and said that, once complete, it will sell the electricity itself via the wholesale electricity market and its own customer portfolio.

As such, Weesow-Willmersdorf will be the first major solar park to be developed without state support mechanisms in Germany and is also EnBW’s first fully merchant generation project.

The company said the development of the project on a subsidy-free basis was made possible due to the dramatic cost reduction in the PV sector, with prices falling 80% over the last ten years.

“We are convinced that major solar parks of this size can be operated economically without funding,” EnBW Chief Technical Officer Dr. Hans-Josef Zimmer said of the project.