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Chinese PV tech totalling 61MW selected for land conversion solar project in Germany

Trina Solar supplies its PV modules to convert former Brandenburg military field into solar park

Trina Solar’s PV technology is being used to develop the solar park in Germany

Chinese solar technology totalling 61MW has been chosen to develop a land conversion PV project in Germany. Trina Solar, a world leader in developing photovoltaic modules based in China, has supplied its modules for the Green Tower project in the German federal state of Brandenburg, which has involved converting a former military field into a solar park. 

More than 252,000 multi-crystalline Trina Solar modules, each with an average output of more than 240Wp, have been installed on the former Preschen airfield in Jocksdorf, Brandenburg. Following a land conversion process, the compound has been developed into a giant solar farm with rows of modules extending for more than a kilometre.

The PV park which now covers the former military field has been fully commissioned and is considered to be one of the most efficient plants in the world. It provides clean solar power covering the annual energy needs of approximately 17,000 households.
Alfred Behrens, CEO at AB Unternehmensberatung & Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, who initiated the project, said: “Selecting Trina Solar as our main module provider was a very good choice. Because construction advanced well ahead of schedule, we ordered an additional 5.5MW of modules, which Trina Solar was able to provide and deliver to the site in just three days. Delivery capacity like that is hard to beat.”
Ben Hill, head of Europe at Trina Solar, said: “We are glad to have contributed to the success of this solar farm as the main module provider. Their decision to work with Trina Solar clearly endorses our corporate strategy and priorities: high quality and adherence to schedules, and being flexible when parameters change – these are the ingredients you need to make large-scale projects like this successful.”
Converting unused land such as old military airfields and mines into solar parks is a developing trend happening across Chinese PV firms to increase renewable energy power in Europe, particularly in Germany. In November last year, Chinese solar power manufacturer JinkoSolar announced it will supply its PV technology to redevelop an abandoned strip mine in the country into a solar farm.