The first floating solar plant in Germany will go online next month as part of the country’s effort to become less dependable on Russian fossil fuels.
BayWa r.e. AG, the company behind the projects, says that the floating photovoltaic plant will be able to provide 3 megawatts of power, which is roughly the same as a standard onshore wind turbine.
According to Reuters, what makes this solar field special is that it is installed on a lake that is part of the privately-owned Quarzwerke quarry.
Floating solar farms make a smaller environmental footprint and can be installed much faster and easier than land structures.
In this case, the floating panels will occupy unused space of the lake that was created by excavating foundry sand.
The solar farm will be able to save 1,100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year, for the same amount of power that a fossil fuel plant would produce.
We may soon see floating solar panels on water reservoirs, where they would help prevent evaporation in the hot season.
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