Solar Power Plant Bonnhof

Site Overview
LocationBonnhof, Germany
Coordinates49.21° N, 10.48° E
Average global irradiance1,050 kWh/m2/yr
Average temperature8.7 °C, 47.7 °F
Average precipitation665 mm/yr, 26.2 in/yr
Technical Overview
Date onstreamAugust 2011
System capacity3,102 kWp
Panel type13,005 x SF130-L (130 W), 9,360 x SF145-L (145 W)
Number of installed panels22,365
Tilt angle, orientation20°, 0° south
Expected output2,946,900 kWh/yr
Total CO2reduction2,013,000 kg/yr, 4,437,860 lbs/yr
Inverter2 x SC 800 CP Outdoor, 2 x SC 500 CP Outdoor
Financing Bank
Deutsche Kreditbank AG

BELECTRIC designs, manufactures and constructs photovoltaic systems around the world. Besides free-field solar power plants, they offer a wide product range consisting of photovoltaic rooftop installations as well as photovoltaic parking lot rooftops or photovoltaic greenhouse installations. The company is headquartered in Lower Franconian Kolitzheim and employees 2,000 people in 17 nations.

This solar power plant is owned by the Nuremberg utility company, N-ERGIE, one of the largest utilities in Germany. The utility is expanding its share of energy produced from renewable energy sources steadily and in 2011 acquired ten solar power plants, including this 3.1 MWp solar power plant near Bonnhof, Germany.

Along a railway near the Bavarian town Bonnhof this 3.1 MW solar power plant was connected to the grid in August 2011. More than 22,000 CIS thin-film modules were installed with BELECTRIC’s well-known multi-row column design. The entire system consists of three sub-fields, where the modules were installed vertically into five rows. This public solar project of the utility N-ERGIE is expected to produce nearly three million kwh of energy per year and thus will annually offset over 2,000 tons of CO2 emissions. The project will substantially to the utility’s ambitious goals of producing energy from renewable energy sources. Additionally N-ERGIE customers directly profit from the revenues of this highly efficient solar power plant with CIS thin-film modules from Solar Frontier.