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F&S solar enters Dutch PV market
Project pipeline of 130 MW – The Dutch mainly focus on contracts between power producers and electricity consumers. Euskirchen – After a successful entrance into the British solar market in 2014, the North Rhine-Westphalian project developer F&S solar now also conquers the European mainland abroad…Mehr anzeigen
Project pipeline of 130 MW – The Dutch mainly focus on contracts between power producers and electricity consumers.
Euskirchen – After a successful entrance into the British solar market in 2014, the North Rhine-Westphalian project developer F&S solar now also conquers the European mainland abroad from Germany and proceeds its internationalization. After an indepth analysis of the Dutch solar market the F&S Solar Holding BV with registered office in Maastricht was founded.
“With a small, but strong local Team we have the possibility, to react very quickly on national circumstances and demands” says CEO Georg Schmiedel. Customer Service, project development and financial arrangements are dealt with through an experienced Dutch team. From the company’s headquarters in Euskirchen specialists will install the PV plant and take care of the maintenance.
“Our project development in the Netherlands runs parallelly”, says Schmiedel. “On the one hand, we develop smaller and medium-sized roof-top and ground-mounted installations which are supported by the Dutch Government”. For this the latest reform of the Government “Stimulering Duurzame Energieproductie“ (SDE) is decisive. Within the scope of this program, there are no separate funding pools for regenerative energies, but all alternative technologies have to compete in achieving the funding. Currently there are a number of roof-top installations being realized with the help of this SDE program.
“On the other hand, we obviously also build grand solar parks with up to 50 MW in the Netherlands. The remuneration basis for those big power stations are so-called Power Purchase Agreements (PPA)”, says Schmiedel. These are contracts between power producer and energy consumers running for a certain period of time. This is interesting for big companies and industrial zones, which by nature consume a lot of electrical current.
Within this framework F&S solar recently has won a tender for a 4-MW solar park on a landfill in Sittard in the province of Limburg. This solar park is intended to deliver the current for only one local company, which consumes the current for a fixed price over the next 20 years. Already in the course of this year the construction of this trend-setting project will be started.
Governmental subsidies are only possible via public tenders in the Netherlands. Main conditions are that the ground as well as the financing is secured and the building permit is given.
“If the application is accepted, the government guarantees a fixed amount per kilowatt hour for 15 years. This is achieved through an additional payment which is done on top of the price for current and the guaranteed price” explains Schmiedel further on and gave an example: If a project was granted an amount of 14.7 Cent as support and has got a PPA of 8 Cent with the consumer, the government pays the difference of 6.7 Cent.
“Currently we have a project pipeline in the Netherlands of about 130 MW being planned and developed” reports Schmiedel. Among those is also a project of a public energy cooperative of the municipality of Brunssum, which lies on public land and shall be installed under public participation.
F&S solar hands over solar plant to energy cooperative
Photovoltaic solar park was built on former sand pit at Lustrut – return will stay in the region Euskirchen/Abtsgmünd – The solar specialist from Euskirchen/North Rhine-Westphalia, F&S solar has acquired, planned, developed and built a solar park close to Abtsgmünd/Baden Württemberg called solar park…Mehr anzeigen
Photovoltaic solar park was built on former sand pit at Lustrut – return will stay in the region
Euskirchen/Abtsgmünd – The solar specialist from Euskirchen/North Rhine-Westphalia, F&S solar has acquired, planned, developed and built a solar park close to Abtsgmünd/Baden Württemberg called solar park Lutstrut, which represents already the third solar park built this year. The Investor of the solar park will be the energy cooperative BürgerEnergie Abtsgmünd. The plant will produce provisionally 4,600 MW of green current per year.
In total, nearly 16,700 photovoltaic modules were used on an area of 5.5 hectares of land. As soon as the current will be fed into the grid, nearly 1,300 households can be supplied with clean current and more than 3,000 tons of carbon dioxide can be saved per year in comparison to the conventionally produced coal power.
In order to build the solar park, F&S solar cooperated again with the well-proven partners Habdank PV (sub construction system) and SMA (inverters).
The construction works which began in the middle of January were impeded by strong snow falls, ice and rain. The plot partly had to be drained by trenches. The backfilled sand pit although was no problem at all for the solar experts from North Rhine-Westphalia. The specialists are used to difficult and unusual grounds and have already built parks on former military ground with ammunition, bunker fields as well as sewage farms.
A real challenge was the far away feed-in point. F&S solar had to build a trace of 4.5 kilometres. “The irradiation in the area around Abtsgmünd is really high” says CEO Jörg Frühauf, therefore the cooperative may hope for very good yields.
F&S solar has already built solar parks several times for cooperatives. The last one was for a cooperative solar power station in Vogtsburg, in the South of Germany with a performance of 7.8 MW. “We gladly support the regional value chain and are happy if we can promote the acceptance of solar energy, like here in Abtsgmünd” says Frühauf. Projects of this kind allow citizens to participate in solar power stations, also if they themselves do not have own roofs which can be used for solar power.
F&S solar conquers British solar market
Solar park in Caddington was sold to Capital Stage AG – Large-scale project developer from Northrhine Westfalia is already building the two next solar plants – total project pipeline: 50 MW in UK. Euskirchen/United Kingdom– With a solar plant of 4.8 MW in the English Caddington - about one hour away…Mehr anzeigen
Solar park in Caddington was sold to Capital Stage AG – Large-scale project developer from Northrhine Westfalia is already building the two next solar plants – total project pipeline: 50 MW in UK.
Euskirchen/United Kingdom– With a solar plant of 4.8 MW in the English Caddington - about one hour away from London - the large-scale project developer from Euskirchen F&S solar started its business successfully on the British market. For this purpose an own subsidiary was founded in Dorset, the F&S solar UK. Now Georg Schmiedel, CEO of the solar specialist could announce to the press that “the park was quickly sold, and we are already building the two next parks in the United Kingdom”.
The solar plant Caddington was sold to Capital Stage AG. The SDAX-listed Hamburg solar and wind park operators continue their expansion successfully on the British solar market and were guaranteed by F&S solar an exclusive option to buy the next two solar plants in the UK with a total generation capacity of 10 MW. Both companies intend to deepen their cooperation especially on the British solar market, where F&S solar currently has got a project pipeline of about 50 MW.
„Capital Stage is a reliable and strong investor with whom we can strengthen our position in the project development and EPC business on the British market. We look forward to a long-term cooperation” says Georg Schmiedel.
Especially in the South of the UK the irradiation is very good, says Georg Schmiedel: “Through the feed-in tariff system in England, the solar plants until 5 MW are very lucrative also for investors.”
Twelve projects in total shall be realized this year on British ground. Although F&S solar has established itself in several European countries now, and the step across the pond is imminent; the enterprise, which is working in the solar branch since 2005, is still active in Germany, too stresses Schmiedel:”With a solid planning and effective realization one can also build successful solar plants here in Germany, which we demonstrate regularly.
F&S solar realizes 10 MW Solar Park in Grossbeeren
Großbeeren/Euskirchen – The solar specialist from Euskirchen, F&S solar has planned and installed a 10 Megawatt PV installation in the South of Berlin, close to Grossbeeren. The solar park is ready to run and represents already the third large-scale project of the solar project developer from North Rhine-Westphalia…Mehr anzeigen
Großbeeren/Euskirchen – The solar specialist from Euskirchen, F&S solar has planned and installed a 10 Megawatt PV installation in the South of Berlin, close to Grossbeeren. The solar park is ready to run and represents already the third large-scale project of the solar project developer from North Rhine-Westphalia in the current year.
The solar park was built on a former irrigation field, where before the fall of the Wall fecal sewage from Western Berlin was disposed of for decades. Still today, 25 years after the fall of the border, the soil is highly contaminated and cannot be used for agriculture or as development area. But it can indeed be well used for a solar park. In total, 39,215 solar modules were mounted on this difficult ground.
In order not to disturb flora and fauna of the area, F&S solar has laid special focus on the communication with the Untere Naturschutzbehörde (lower nature conservation authority). Despite the currently weak subsidies, the solar experts from Euskirchen managed to realize an economically interesting project. “Therefore, the solar park was bought rapidly by a German investor” F&S CEO Jörg Frühauf says.
The success was partly achieved thanks to the partner Mounting Systems GmbH from Rangsdorf, close to Grossbeeren, who have built the sub-construction for the modules, and who have been a long-time partner to F&S solar. A cooperation for more than 10 years also exists to SMA from Niestetal, who have supplied all inverters for the solar park in Grossbeeren.
The new solar park will produce more than 10 Mio. Kilowatt hours of energy per year and save around 7,000 tons of the climate killer carbon dioxide in comparison to the conventionally produced coal power. More than 3,000 households can now be provided with green energy. Due to the big success of this solar park, F&S solar is currently thinking about a further solar park in Grossbeeren.