Waldpolenz Solar Park

Coordinates: 51°19′42″N 12°39′22″E / 51.32833°N 12.65611°E / 51.32833; 12.65611
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Waldpolenz Solar Park
First Solar 40-MW CdTe PV Array installed by JUWI Group in Waldpolenz, Germany
Official name
  • Solarpark Waldpolenz
Coordinates51°19′42″N 12°39′22″E / 51.32833°N 12.65611°E / 51.32833; 12.65611
Construction cost€130 million
Solar farm
TypeFlat-panel PV
Site area220 ha (544 acres) footprint
Power generation
Units operational550,000
Make and modelFirst Solar
Nameplate capacity52 MW
Annual net output52 GWh
External links

The Waldpolenz Solar Park is a 52-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power station built by German developer and operator Juwi at a former military air base near Leipzig, Eastern Germany. When completed by the end of 2008, it was the world's largest thin-film solar park using CdTe-modules.[1]

Initially, the solar power plant's nameplate capacity was 40 MW, consisting of 500,000 state-of-the-art solar panels provided by U.S. manufacturer First Solar, and generated 40,000 MWh of electricity per year.[2] The solar park was then extended with another 153,650 panels, also provided by First Solar, to a final capacity of 52 MWP in 2011[3]

The installation is located in the Muldentalkreis district in the state of Saxony in eastern Germany, built on half of the location's 220 hectares (543.6 acres)[4] in the townships of Brandis and Bennewitz.[5] The investment costs for the Waldpolenz solar park have amounted to some 130 million euro.[2]

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  1. ^ World's largest solar power plant being built in eastern Germany
  2. ^ a b Building Approval Granted for 40 MW Photovoltaic Project
  3. ^ "juwi Solar Presents New Large-Scale Projects and Innovations". Juwi press release. 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Map of site footprint of Waldpolenz Energy Park". Wiki-solar. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  5. ^ eXenewable Project Profile Page - Waldpolenz, PV, Germany