BayWa r.e. commissions largest two floating solar projects outside Asia

The 41.1MWp Sellingen plant used to be built on a former sand extraction lake. Symbol: BayWa. r.e.

German renewables developer BayWa r.e. has finished two installations within the Netherlands totalling 71MWp that it says are the most important floating PV vegetation outdoor of Asia.

The corporate, in conjunction with its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven, has commissioned its greatest floating PV mission up to now, the 41.1MWp Sellingen park, in addition to the 29.8MWp Uivermeertjes mission.

Constructed on former sand extraction lakes, the installations have been built at the private a part of the water our bodies to offer protection to the wildlife within the banks. BayWa r.e. stated research have showed the vegetation haven’t any side effects at the surrounding surroundings.

Commissioning of the initiatives brings BayWa r.e.’s floating PV portfolio in Europe to 11 initiatives that experience a mixed capability of greater than 180MWp and have 300,000 panels. The corporate ultimate yr completed and sold what used to be its greatest floating PV plant – the 27.4MWp Bomhofsplas farm – and has since finalised paintings on another two plants totalling 29.2MWp of capability.

“With a purpose to meet necessary local weather goals on this the most important decade that issues, we will have to increase the renewable era combine – floating PV is a key part of this,” stated Benedikt Ortmann, world director of sun initiatives at BayWa r.e.

Because it bids to make the most of falling development prices and lengthening call for for floating initiatives amongst asset house owners, BayWa r.e. is aiming to deploy around 500MW of floating PV capability within the coming years.

Talking throughout the Large Scale Solar Europe conference in April, Toni Weigl, product supervisor for floating PV at BayWa r.e., stated the corporate is having a look to construct on its good fortune within the Netherlands and construct floating vegetation in Germany this yr. Then again, with some government now not conversant in floating sun initiatives, he stated allowing problems “will have to change into more practical”.

BayWa r.e previous this yr finished a transaction that noticed it sell a 49% stake in the business to Swiss investor Power Infrastructure Companions for €530 million (US$642.3 million). The developer is making plans to contstuct sun and wind initiatives with a complete capability of one.1GW in 2021.