20 Largest Solar Power Plants in Germany 0

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Germany has an extensive range of photovoltaic (PV) installed in more than a dozen massive solar plants.  

Do you know? Germany accounted for an estimated 8.2% of its electricity generation in 2019, thanks to its vast solar power plants. Indeed, a giant leap forward, too, in terms of power generation from renewable energy sources.  

Facts about renewable energy sources in Germany

This is why experts are rooting on renewable power as the replacement for fossil fuel consumption.  And why not? Solar energy has the potential to expand. -from 11% of total renewable energy generation in 2017 to 48% by 2050.  

And I mean the USA only. A long time fossil fuel lover now seems to adapt to new norms. For sure, the game is changing. 

So, what about the top players in the game? First, let us look at the global percentage of energy generation from renewable sources to understand this question completely. 

The Percentage of Solar power generation in the world 

Though solar power generated only 2% of the world’s electricity in 2019, its potential is beyond these initial numbers. Luckily, that percentage is growing dramatically, thanks to the massive solar farms and large-end solar projects. 

And since these substantial solar farms around the world are supporting the worldwide solar energy revolution. So, you must be wondering which countries are investing the most in solar energy. As of 2019, the top four countries with the largest solar power capacity were:

  • China has a total capacity of 254,355 MW. 
  • The United States: 75,572 MW 
  • Japan: 67,000 MW 
  • Germany: 53,783 MW.

Furthermore, if we are going to understand the solar power plants, we must first understand each country’s role and why they need to invest in solar power. So, keep reading this article. And let us be clear on the following facts. 

First thing first, the size and population of each country have an impact on these figures. We must also check how much each government invested in solar energy per capita in recent years. That is when we will be able to understand the bigger picture. And the big picture here is why solar projects are essential.

Top five countries with the largest solar power capacity per capita:

  • Australia is on the top of the list with 637W per capita 
  • Germany has 593W per capita 
  • Japan is another major key player with a whopping 498W per capita 
  • The Netherlands, though a small country, yet has the best solar infrastructure, with 396W per capita 
  • Belgium, another small country in the EU, with 394W per capita 

Solar power plants in the germany

Many countries struggle when it comes to alternative power sources. But, in 2014, Germany shocked the whole world by installing approximately 1.5 million photovoltaic systems in various solar plants across the country. 

Ever since the country has been in the news for its sincere efforts to green energy. And if you ask me, was Germany victorious in achieving what it aimed to achieve? I would say no. But having said that, it has pioneered a benchmark for other countries to follow and learn.

And why is it even essential to do what Germany has done? One simple reason is that the government is making a lot of power from alternative renewable sources, which serves the country in two ways. First, it helped the country to reduce greenhouse gases. Second, the job market in the sustainable and renewable sector has grown.

Although Germany is not as large as the United States, China, or India, it has invested more than its counterparts. Given the per capita investment and the annual energy generation outcome.

Here is the perspective:

  • The population of Guangdong province of China is: 126 million
  • The UP State of India has a population of 241 million
  • And Germany as a whole has a population of: 83.9 million

Now you can connect the dots and know for yourself why Germany currently is in the top five counties. That invested in renewable energy sources. 

The renewable energy sources in Germany 

It is no doubt that Germany has earned the reputation of being among the world’s top PV installers for several years. 

Energy generation from renewable sources in Germany 

  •   Natural Gas: 59.08 TWh (12.2%)
  •   Wind: 131.69 TWh (27.2%)
  •   Solar: 50.7 TWh (10.5%)
  •   Biomass: 45.45 TWh (9.4%)
  •   Hydro: 18.27 TWh (3.8%)

Largest PV solar plants/parks in Germany:

The list only includes megawatt-scale ground-mounted PV stations and actively operational parks linked to the power grid. So, let’s read about the state-of-the-art German solar plants:

1:Solarpark Weesow-Willmersdorf

This plant is the largest photovoltaic power plant in Germany. And it has over 465,000 solar modules. So, it is one of the best in the country. Therefore, I have placed this on the top of my list too.

Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 187
  • Annual Output GWh: 187
  • Land Size km²: 209 ha
  • On the grid: 2020

2: Solarpark Meuro

A photovoltaic power station with 166 megawatts (MW) is located in Meuro, Germany.

Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 166
  • Annual Output GWh: NA
  • Land Size km²: 200 hectares 
  • On the grid: 2012 

3: Neuhardenberg Solar Park

This power plant has a 145-megawatt photovoltaic power facility.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 145
  • Annual Output GWh: 19.69 million kWh/year
  • Land Size km²: 240 ha
  • On the grid: 2011 

4: Templin Solar Park

The old Templin military airport now houses Templin Solar Plant, with a capacity of generating a 128-megawatt.

Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 128. 5
  • Annual Output GWh: plant generates 120 million kWh of power annually
  • Land Size km²: 214 ha
  • On the grid: 2012

5: Brandenburg-Briest Solarpark

This solar power plant is in Brandenburg, Germany, near Berlin. And it was Europe’s largest solar park at the time of its construction.  

 Details:

  • East Brandenburg-Briest (30 MW)
  • Briest-Havelsee (30 MW)
  • Brandenburg-Briest West (30 MW) (31 MW)
  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 91
  • Annual Output GWh: 89.5GWh
  • Land Size km²: 200 hectares 
  • On grid: 2011

6: Solarpark Finow Tower

Another famous solar plant in Germany, which also has Suntech modules. Besides, this power plant is located in the heart of the country near Berlin.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 84.7
  • Annual Output GWh: 82GWh
  • Land Size km²: NA
  • On the grid: 2010/11 

7: Eggebek Solar Park

When Germany finished this solar plant in August 2011, the Eggebek Solar Park was Germany’s largest photovoltaic power plant. Besides, it was once the world’s largest solar plant.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 83.6
  • Annual Output GWh: NA
  • Land Size km²: 160 ha
  • On the grid: 2011 

8: Senftenberg Solarpark

The Senftenberg Solarpark is a photovoltaic power plant near Senftenberg, Germany. And it is built in the former open-pit mining regions.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 82
  • Annual Output GWh: NA
  • Land Size km²: 63 ha
  • On the grid: Two phases completed in 2011 

9:Finsterwalde Solar Park

Did you know? This Solar plant was the world’s largest solar facility in November 2010, with an 80.7 MWp capacity. And it has recently expanded its operation. So, shortly, it may witness a rapid increase in terms of power generation.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 80. 7
  • Annual Output GWh: NA
  • Land Size km²: NA
  • On the grid: 2009/2010

10:Lieberose Photovoltaic Park

This plant is a famous one for its photovoltaic power facility, with 70.8 megawatts (MW). Besides, it has 900,000 solar panels. And do you know? More so, these panels can provide electricity to 15,000 people annually while eliminating the usage of polluting fossil fuels. Hence, a win-win situation, indeed! 

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 71. 8
  • Annual Output GWh: NA
  • Land Size km²: 162 ha
  • On the grid: 2009

11: Solarpark Alt Daber

Alt Daber is a well-known solar power plant globally, which can generate approximately 67.8 megawatts per year.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 67. 8
  • Annual Output GWh: 71.4
  • Land Size km²: 133 hectares (329 acres)
  • On the grid: 2011

12: Strasskirchen Solar Park

This massive plant in Bavaria is a giant one with a 54 MW installed capacity.

 Details:

  • Location: Bavaria, Germany 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 54
  • Annual Output GWh: 71.4
  • Land Size km²: 135 ha
  • On the grid: 2009

13: Walddrehna Solar Plant

This plant has a capacity of 52.284 MW. Thus, it is the giant solar power plant in Germany.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg, Germany 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 54
  • Annual Output GWh: 71.4
  • Land Size km²: 135 ha
  • On the grid: 2009

14: Waldpolenz Solar Plant

This plant is a 52-megawatt (MW) solar power factory built by Juwi in a former military airbase. Therefore, it is one of the most extensive solar power facilities in the country.

 Details:

  • Location: Saxony 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 52. 3
  • Annual Output GWh: 53
  • Land Size km²: 70 ha
  • On the grid: 2012

15: Tutow Solar Plant

A German company finished the project in 2009 for this plant and consisted of 91,200. Besides, this project is famous for its first Solar thin-film module with a total rating of 6782 kW, generating 6.7 GWh per year.

 Details:

  • Location: Bavaria 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 52
  • Annual Output GWh: NA 
  • Land Size km²: 52 ha
  • On the grid: 2009

16: Kothen Solar Plant 

The Köthen Solar Plant is a photovoltaic power station. It has a 45 megawatt (MW) capacity to generate 42 gigawatt-hours of power per year. 

 Details:

  • Location: Saxony-Anhalt 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 45
  • Annual Output GWh: 43 
  • Land Size km²: 116 ha
  • On the grid: 2009

17: Jura Solar Plant 

A famous power plant in the Bavarian region of Germany. Jura Solar Plant has the capacity of 43MWp. And the plant It has been operational since 2014. 

 Details:

  • Location: Bavaria 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 43
  • Annual Output GWh: NA 
  • Land Size km²: 80 ha
  • On the grid: 2014

18: Jännersdorf Solar Plant

A vast solar plant for and a photovoltaic power station. In addition, it has a 40.5 megawatt (MW) capacity and a 38 gigawatt-hour (GWh) yearly output. 

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 40.5
  • Annual Output GWh: 38 
  • Land Size km²: 90 ha
  • On the grid: 2011

19: Fürstenwalde Solar Park

It has a capacity of 39.64 megawatts (MW) and a yearly output of 36.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh). As a result, it is a massive solar power plant in Germany.

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 39.6
  • Annual Output GWh: 36.5 
  • Land Size km²: 89 ha
  • On the grid: 2011

20: Reckahn Solar Park

Another well-known PV power generation facility is this solar plant. Furthermore, this plant is an excellent power generator capable of producing 37.7 megawatts (MW).

 Details:

  • Location: Brandenburg 
  • Capacity MWp or MWAC: 36
  • Annual Output GWh: NA 
  • Land Size km²: 85 ha
  • On the grid: 2010

Final thought

Solar power is quickly establishing itself as a global leader in the field of renewable energy. And why not? 

Since the inevitable damage caused by fossil fuel consumption throughout the 20th century is appalling. Especially, given the sensitivity of the climate catastrophe now, solar energy is a breeze for the future. 

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