RWE’s 11 mn euros indeland Solarpark plant goes live

RWE energy business

RWE said its photovoltaic plant with integrated battery storage in the district of Duren, North Rhine-Westphalia, is operational.

RWE invested approximately 11 million euros for the indeland Solarpark plant. The photovoltaic plant has around 26,500 modules. It produces green electricity for more than 3,500 homes and the integrated battery storage system feed-in can be tailored to better meet demand.

“We will implement every possible wind and solar project in our home market. We are planning to invest around four billion euros gross into a green energy world by the end of the decade in North Rhine-Westphalia alone,” Katja Wunschel, CEO Onshore Wind and Solar Europe & Australia at RWE Renewables, said.

The solar modules will produce a peak electric output of 14.4 megawatts. RWE has installed bifacial modules, which are photosensitive on both sides, to ensure that sunlight hitting the panels directly and also utilize the light reflected by the ground to the rear side of the modules.

RWE said the battery storage system is designed for a two-hour charging and supply cycle of 9.6 megawatt hours, functioning as a buffer between generation and grid.

RWE is building two similar plants at Garzweiler Mine and will combine more than 58,340 solar modules with two battery storage systems. The plant can supply more than 7,250 homes with green electricity.

RWE will build another photovoltaic and storage plant in Hambach Mine. By 2030, RWE wants to build renewables plants with a minimum of 500 megawatts of capacity in the Rhenish lignite mining district alone.