On behalf of two funds managed by KGAL GmbH & Co. KG, the photovoltaics company is building a ground-mounted system generating a total power of 35 MW on the premises of the former military airport at Perleberg in Brandenburg.
On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Gehrlicher Solar AG began construction of the Perleberg Airport solar park. After the complex undertaking of removing munitions from the converted location, all areas were finally approved for construction. Now that this final hurdle has been cleared, there is nothing standing in the way of rapid progress in construction. With 35 megawatt of nominal power, the largest solar power system in company history is projected to generate about 33 million kilowatt hours of green electricity on a yearly basis, an amount sufficient to cover the needs of around 9,300 three-person households.
The park was sold to two investment funds of KGAL GmbH & Co. KG located in Grünwald near Munich specializing in renewable energies: InfraClass Energie 6, a closed-end fund open to the general public purchased the western part, while the eastern part was acquired by the European Sustainable Power Fund 2 for institutional investors.
The solar park is built on a total of 87 hectares encompassing the previous military airport of Perleberg in Brandenburg, halfway between Hamburg and Berlin. In the weeks to come, Gehrlicher Solar will build up 62 hectares of this area with substructures, solar modules, and inverters. The rest of the area will serve as what is called compensation area used to create habitats for meadow-breeding birds. Commissioning of the solar park is planned for June 2012. Compared to energy generated from fossil fuels, the plant will save approximately 32,000 tons of CO2 yearly.