In 2007, we carried out our first photovoltaic project in Germany in the framework of the EEG (German Renewable Energy Sources Act). Our aim was to develop subsidy-free large-scale solar power plants, even in areas of Central Europe with moderate solar irradiation, including Germany. What was just a dream back then has now become a reality. Our 2018 175 MWp project Don Rodrigo in Andalusia, Spain, shows that grid parity is perfectly possible in one of the sunniest areas of Europe. We immediately followed up with another success in 2019, when we completed the first subsidy-free photovoltaic project: Barth V in Germany.
Our solar activities and locations in Germany
Barth V – Our subsidy-free solar success in Germany
The solar park Barth V (8.8 MWp) on the premises of the Stralsund-Barth airport by the Baltic Sea is the first subsidy-free solar park from BayWa r.e. in Germany. Starting in 2012, a total of six solar parks were built at this location with an overall capacity of 68.4 MWp.
The solar park on the premises of the Barth airport is a regional success story (...) with it, we’re promoting the green energy revolution and showing that solar power has earned a permanent place in our state’s energy mix.
System integration plays a key role in the planning and implementation of a solar park. We call on only reputable manufacturers, particularly when it comes to components such as photovoltaic modules and inverters. The system standards defined by our experienced engineers guarantee that the photovoltaic modules, inverters, wiring and substructure are perfectly matched throughout the system.
Our VDE certified gradual construction approach in 100 kWp steps facilitates extremely efficient planning and top performance regardless of the plant size and the site conditions.
The transformer stations have been optimised according to our own specifications and run with extremely low losses; their compact design makes them exceptionally easy to integrate into the plant.
Our string inverter concept allows for a dense construction, which means that the available land is used extremely efficiently. This results in an output increase of 30 – 35% (in Europe, for example) compared to the standard construction method.
Certified processes guarantee superior quality – and a higher yield
In 2016, BayWa r.e. was the first company in the solar industry to be awarded a VDE certificate for the installation of standardised photovoltaic power plants. Moreover, in 2019 we were awarded an ISO certification for quality and environmental management by TÜV Süd, which shows that we are pioneers in this field too. We aim to make the best possible use of the available land through site-specific system engineering and the deployment of high-quality system technology throughout. All of which are prerequisites for high system yields over the long term.
BayWa r.e. is member of BNE
The bne, Bundesverband neue Energiewirtschaft, is an association of energy market innovators and dissolved old borders and rethinks the energy sector as a whole. And when it comes to r.e.thinking energy, we are without doubt at the forefront in the sector. It is thus without no question, that BayWa r.e. is member of this association since years, alongside of other renowned PV Developers.
Recently, a catalogue of measures for the good planning of PV parks has been launched, called "Gute Planung von PV-Freiflächenanlagen". Initiated and developed hand in hand with bne, enerparc and other solar energy companies in September 2020, this checklist aims to ensure that greenfield PV systems make a positive contribution to climate protection, biodiversity, nature and environmental protection as well as rural development. The checklist should set a quality standard for the future.
Do you have land available?
We are interested in:
- EEG properties for plants of up to 10 MW (approx. 10-12 hectares)
- Land with a minimum area of 10 ha for market-driven projects