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Germany Builds World’s Largest Solar Park Over Old Pit Mine

October 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Germany builds worlds largest solar park over old pit mine. The land over a former open-pit tin mine is now the proud location of the world’s largest solar park

Solar park built on what used to be an open pit mine in Germany.
Saferay has built a 78 MW solar plant on land that used to be an open pit mine in Senftenberg, Germany. (Photo: Saferay)

What do you do with an abandoned open pit mine with the surrounding soil contaminated by years worth of toxic mining by-products? In America, we’ll probably declare the location a Superfund site, fill up the pit, clean the site as best we can, and hope for the best. If you’re German, well…why not build a solar park on top of it?

Thanks to German ingenuity, the land over a former open-pit tin mine near the city of Senftenberg in eastern Germany that has been rendered useless for years to come, is now the proud location of the world’s largest solar park.

Recently, a portion of the park generating over 78 MW of electricity has been opened, bringing the park’s total capacity to 166 MW. Building the 78 MW plant and solar infrastructure set a record in the industry as it only took Saferay just three months to build it. Three months for 78 MW of power!

Energy from the sun’s rays is collected using 3330,000 crystalline solar modules and converted to electricity by way of 62 central inverter stations.

Building the solar park on land that would otherwise have remained unproductive for years is a brilliant idea and a definite win for the environment. They’ve repurposed something that previously polluted the location into a source of clean and renewable energy.

What makes it an interesting model for other developers is that by choosing to build on this location, they’ve effectively avoided competition from other important land users like farmers and industrial or residential developers, for example.

Unlimited Energy, the site’s developer has also taken several steps to preserve the location and protect the environment. These include creating wildlife reserves in spaces between their solar panel clusters and initiatives to protect indigenous plant life.

via TreeHugger

Tags: Renewable Energy