Shell Solar and Gesellschaft fÃ¼r Solarenergie (GEOSOL) have announced that they are to build the largest solar power station in the world, south of Leipzig in Germany.
The solar power station will be built on a former lignite mine ash deposit near Espenhain. The free-standing array will comprise 33,500 solar modules with a total output of 5 megawatts.
The solar power station is due on stream in July 2004. The power will be fed directly into the grid operated by enviaM Mitteldeutsche Energie AG, and will meet the electricity demand of about 1,800 households, saving 3,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
Shell Solar will be using high-performance photovoltaic modules of the new Shell SQ series in large-scale industrial production for the first time in the Epsenhain project.
These solar modules are reportedly capable of handling high-voltages and deliver high-energy yields. Siemens AG will supply inverters, transformers and the medium-voltage connection equipment.