Project Profile, Magdeburg

Site Overview
Location Magdeburg, Germany
Coordinates 52.06° N, 11.37° E
Average global irradiance 1,039 kWh/m2/yr
Average temperature 9.7 °C, 49.5 °F
Average precipitation 483 mm/yr, 19.0 in/yr
Technical Overview
Date onstream September 2016
System capacity 992 kWp
Panel type SF 155-S/160-S
Number of installed panels 6.288
Tilt angle, orientation 20°, 0° S
Expected output 991,008 kWh/yr
Total CO2reduction 670,000 kg/yr
1,477,097 lbs/year
Inverter 30 x Delta SOLIVIA 30 TL

Initiation, financing and operation of the plant by 100 citizens
The community free field solar plant in Magdeburg is truly a special installation. In 2006, 100 Magdeburg residents joined forces to implement the project. Initially, they realised a PV system on a Magdeburg school building with the shared objective to actively promote the transition to renewable energy and protect the climate. And now, thanks to growing interest in the Helionat cooperative, which was founded in 2009, a large free field plant with an output of almost 1 MW is being implemented in cooperation with Solarpraxis Engineering GmbH.

Most powerful community free field solar plant in Saxony-Anhalt
The decision to build the plant on a former landfill site was made due to the exceptional quality and high performance of the CIS modules by Solar Frontier. As a result, almost 6,300 modules now form the largest community free field solar plant in Saxony-Anhalt. With a predicted yield of almost 1 GWh per year, the energy produced can power around 620 German households.

Distribution of profits from the feed-in tariff
Thanks to the high shade tolerance of the modules, they could be placed closer together at short intervals. The cell structure of the CIS modules enables them to produce high yields, even in partial shade. All the electricity produced is fed into the public grid for a rate of 8.9 cent/kWh paid by the Federal Network Agency. The profits will be distributed to the cooperative members every year. As a result, investors also benefit economically from their environmental commitment in the long term.

Positive effect on Magdeburg’s climate protection programme
Helionat eG has successfully put its plan into action to drive the transition to renewable energy and combat climate change in the region using Solar Frontier CIS modules. The CO2 savings of 670 tonnes per year will also have a positive effect on the ambitious energy and climate protection programme of the state capital, Magdeburg. The programme aims to limit the annual greenhouse gas emissions per resident to half the current level by 2050.

About Solar Frontier
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