The 148MW solar park in southern Brandenburg, Germany, was awarded the winning title in POWER-GEN International's Projects of the Year awards gala in Orlando. The park stands on a former lignite mine at Meuro, near Senftenberg and incorporates around 636,000 CS60-P modules supplied by Canadian Solar representing almost 90 percent of the project’s total 166MW output. The park will ultimately generate enough renewable energy to power 67,500 households.
The use of the former surface mine for a new solar farm created hundreds of local construction and operations jobs and beat 43 other competitors from around the world, winning the top honours in the Best Solar Project category. The finalists were chosen by a panel of eight editors from Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World.
“This project required a tremendous collaboration effort that would not have been possible without our two partners, project developers and contractors saferay and GP JOULE” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “The success of this project proves that it is faster to develop, build and achieve dividends on large-scale solar PV systems than any other type of power plant, even in regions with fewer sun hours.”