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18.02.2011 00:00

Ferropolis developing from a monument for lignite mining to a centre of photovoltaics

Today, a funding notification from the Economics Minister of Sachsen-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, was handed over to the event venue Ferropolis - The town of iron - a cooperation with Q-Cells SE having been decided on parallel to this

Ferropolis, 18 February 2011 – Solar plants will be installed on the roofs of the Ferropolis premises in the next few weeks, in order to obtain electricity from regenerative energies in future and hence promote the sustainability of the event venue. The plant with a total capacity of 235 Kilowatt Peak (KWp) is to be installed by the international solar company QCells, with head office in Sachsen-Anhalt.

“We’re delighted to be a partner for this pioneering solar project that is important for the region,” states Thomas Franken, Head of Marketing at Q-Cells. “With projects of this type we shall jointly succeed in spurring on the transformation to regenerative energies at a fast pace.” 

Economics Minister of Sachsen-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff has also enabled a major step towards the future. He has handed over a funding notification in Ferropolis for further development of the infrastructure on the Ferropolis peninsula. The investment project, comprising a sum of more than EUR 5 million, is to be invested in the transportation and safety infrastructure. The subsidy from the state, federal government and European Union is just under EUR 4 million. The town of Gräfenhainichen applied for this funding for infrastructure development from funds of the Joint Agreement for the Improvement of Regional Economic Structures. The money will be used to invest in the safety infrastructure on the premises, for example a further rescue route, so as to be able to hold safe events for up to 25,000 visitors in future as well.  

“Ferropolis is a unique monument and an advertisement not only for the region, but also for the state of Sachsen-Anhalt as a whole. With the financial support of the investment project, the state government wants to play its role in preserving the industrial roots of our state for tourism and enhancing the attractiveness of the event venue,” announced Economics Minister Dr. Reiner Haseloff, today in Gräfenhainichen. 

The number and wide variety of the events in Ferropolis is set to rise further in future, so as to continue maintaining the industrial-cultural legacy whilst further boosting the significant effects for the regional economy as well.  

The first measures for the infrastructure development will be implemented by the 2011 season. Besides the events, renewable energy will also be made accessible to the visitors who also come to Ferropolis daily outside the concerts and festivals A new laboratory of renewable energies, the EnergieExploratorium, will initially await them.  

“Probably nowhere else can the transformation from the coal age to the solar age be experienced as well as here on the grounds of Ferropolis”, states Thies Schroeder, Ferropolis Managing Director. 

The internationally acclaimed festival site  Ferropolis is a monument to lignite mining spanning a total of 150 years in Central Germany. By installing the planned solar plant, Ferropolis is underpinning the successful transition from old to new, regenerative energy supply. That emphasises the awareness of the event organiser in regard to sustainability, while also doing justice to the firm anchoring of the solar industry in Central Germany.