Magdeburg / Amsdorf, 10 May 2012 –GERO Solarpark GmbH’s 28-megawatt solar power plant was inaugurated in Amsdorf near Halle today, with Saxony-Anhalt prime minister Dr Reiner Haseloff looking on. The project is a joint venture set up by GETEC green energy AG and the ROMONTA group. Despite the 50 million-euro investment being overshadowed by federal government plans to bring forward cuts to solar power subsidies, the companies have been able to realise the project without any delays. As a result, the power plant was able to get underway with solar power production a mere seven weeks after ground was broken on the site.
“Saxony-Anhalt is a great proponent of renewable energies,” said Saxony-Anhalt prime minister Dr Reiner Haseloff at the inauguration ceremony of the hi-tech 28-megawatt solar power plant in Amsdorf near Halle. “We play a leading role not only in terms of making use of these energies, but also in terms of technical expertise. The inauguration of the GERO Solarpark is clear proof of this. However, companies, investors and those advancing research in this field all need a reliable framework in which to operate. That’s why I see the need for a drastic rethink on the cuts to solar power subsidies rashly agreed at the start of the year by the federal government.”
Chris Döhring, spokesman for the GETEC green energy AG management board, highlighted how quickly the project was realised: “The GERO-Solarpark started generating power on 20 April, less than seven weeks after construction was started on the site. We have demonstrated that we are able to realise challenging projects in record time even in a turbulent environment.” The owner of the up-to-the-minute solar power plant is GERO Solarpark GmbH; its joint partners, GETEC green energy and ROMONTA, planned and developed the project and implemented it with Q.CELLS as a system integrator. “This means that the lion’s share of the almost 50 million euros invested in the project has stayed in Saxony-Anhalt,” said Döhring. Financing had been secured by GETEC green energy in advance so that the GERO Solarpark could be successfully commissioned. This state-of-the-art photovoltaic power plant can cover the annual energy requirements of around 8,000 households. In addition, it will save around 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
“The solar power plant has been constructed over 55 hectares of former opencast mines and slag heaps and represents another milestone in our long-term energy concept,” said Uwe Stieberitz, chairman of ROMONTA. Electrical generating capacity at Amsdorf is now around 120 megawatts, 75 megawatts of which originates from renewable sources. “As far as I am aware, no other mining company in Germany is so consistently involved in renewable energy generation. Many simply talk about the shift to renewables; we’re getting on and making it happen.”
Nedim Cen, CEO of Q.CELLS, expressed his pleasure at the completion of the project: “We are delighted to have successfully concluded this regional flagship project with our partner GETEC,” he said. “The smooth and efficient construction of the GERO Solarpark in Amsdorf against a backdrop of uncertainty with regard to the political framework underlines Q.CELLS’ professionalism and reliability as a leading photovoltaic company in the global major solar power plant sector.” With installed capacity of over 548 megawatts, Q.CELLS is one of the largest and most experienced system integrators in the world. The company offers its clients turn-key solutions for private and industrial rooftop power plants and large-scale solar parks from a single source – from planning and construction through to ongoing operations.
About the project partners:
GETEC green energy AG
GETEC green energy AG belongs to the GETEC group, founded in Magdeburg in 1993. The principal activity of GETEC green energy AG is the development and implementation of individual and innovative concepts focussing on the efficient usage of renewable energies in all power ranges. The company supervises projects from the design and construction phases through to plant management and maintenance work, offering a range of tailor-made solutions.
More information: www.getec-greenenergy.de
ROMONTA is the world’s leading producer of raw montan wax, with a track record in lignite refinement stretching back almost a century. ROMONTA extracts the fossilised montan wax from bitumen-rich lignite mined from the company’s own opencast mine in Amsdorf, Saxony-Anhalt. Montan wax is an essential raw material in many industry sectors due to its special properties. Over the past few years, ROMONTA has evolved from a producer of raw montan wax and montan wax products into an expert service provider for specialised wax applications.
More information: www.romonta.de
The Q.CELLS Group is one of the world’s leading photovoltaics companies and offers a wide range of photovoltaic solutions, from solar cells and modules to solar power plants. Q.CELLS’s products are developed and manufactured at its headquarters in Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Germany) and marketed via its global sales network. It also has a second production plant in Malaysia. More than 200 scientists and engineers at Q.CELLS are working to swiftly advance solar technology and achieve Q.CELLS’ twin aims: driving down the costs of photovoltaics quickly and permanently, and making solar power competitive. The close links between R&D and production enable Q.CELLS to rapidly translate cutting-edge innovation into mass production - and underpin its ambition to be at the forefront of photovoltaic technology. Q-Cells SE is quoted in the Prime Standard on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (QCE; ISIN DE0005558662).
GETEC green energy AG
Albert-Vater-Straße 50 – 52
Tel.: 0391 – 25 68 400
Fax: 0391 – 25 68 419
Management board: Chris Döhring, Dr. Frank Fleischer, Matthias Genske
Chairman of the supervisory board: Dr. Karl Gerhold
06317 Seegebiet Mansfelder Land
Tel.: 034 601 – 400
Fax: 034 601 – 222 15
Management board: Uwe Stieberitz, Gottfried-Christoph Wild
Chairman of the supervisory board: Günter Stieberitz
Sonnenallee 17 - 21
Tel.: 034 94 – 66 99 10 121
Fax: 034 94 – 66 99 199
Management board: Dr. Nedim Cen (CEO, CFO), Dr. Andreas v. Zitzewitz (COO, CSO)
Chairman of the supervisory board: Prof. Dr. h.c. Karlheinz Hornung