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Chinese and German firms work together to convert mine into solar power plant

JinkoSolar to supply 5.7MW of solar modules to Energiebauern to redevelop abandoned strip mine in Germany

The redevelopment project will involve converting an abandoned mine into a solar power plant

Chinese and German companies are working together to convert a mine into a solar power plant. Chinese solar power manufacturer JinkoSolar is supplying its solar technology to EU PV company Energiebauern to develop the abandoned strip mine in Germany.

JinkoSolar will supply 5.7MW of photovoltaic modules for the 11.6MW solar power station in Starkenberg, Thuringia in Germany.

Built by Germany firm Energiebauern, the solar power station is located on an abandoned strip mine in the south of Starkenberg and is the largest project of its kind in Thuringia.

It is also another western redevelopment PV project involving JinkoSolar’s solar technology. In June, the company announced it would supply its modules to a US project involving converting a landfill into a solar array in Massachusetts.
Arturo Herrero, chief marketing officer of JinkoSolar, said, about the German project: “By re-using the abandoned mine for this project, we prove how solar power can be economically useful. Driven by technological improvements, costs reductions, and rising energy prices, PV solar projects, like this one, take advantage of abandoned land and can be rapidly developed across the country.

“By working with Energiebauern GmbH in this project, we contribute to generating electricity efficiently, reducing the environmental impact, and enhancing energy diversity. We look forward to future cooperation as more opportunities will arise," Herrero added. 

The development follows a series of projects happening between the Chinese and German companies.

Clemens Hold, purchase manager for Energiebauern, said: “As our strategic partner and module supplier, Jinko's solar products meet the stringent targets and high expectations set by Energiebauern. Besides this project in Starkenberg, we have several other projects in process ranging from 1.4 to 2.7MW already supplied by JinkoSolar modules, and we eagerly look forward to continued cooperation between both companies."

Herrero said: “JinkoSolar and Energiebauern GmbH have taken another step forward in building a successful partnership that across many years and projects. We share a common mission, which is to deliver the cleanest, most efficient and economic solar energy solutions for a sustainable future."

The news from JinkoSolar marks another example of Chinese firms supplying their PV technology to increase solar power in Germany this year. This includes a 31MW deal for China Sunergy to supply roof and ground-mounted installation to Germany, and a 500MW agreement for China’s Phono Solar to supply PV to the EU country over five years.