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F&S solar finalises 15 MW Power Plant near Amsterdam
In direct proximity to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, a 15 MW solar park has been connected to the grid. The German project planner F&S solar was able to realize the project with the investor Blue Elephant Energy AG from Hamburg and a local company which will manage the electricity and market it via…Mehr anzeigen
In direct proximity to the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, a 15 MW solar park has been connected to the grid. The German project planner F&S solar was able to realize the project with the investor Blue Elephant Energy AG from Hamburg and a local company which will manage the electricity and market it via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
The Dutch model for solar parks intents a combination of a funding with the SDE+ program and marketing via a PPA. The conclusion of the contract with the PPA partner is a prerequisite for a surplus in the tendering process. Then the program secures the economic success of a solar project over a period of 15 years by offsetting the difference between the achievable market price and the surcharge value. Tim Kallas, a member of the Executive Board of Blue Elephant Energy AG, sees that the Dutch compensation system offers sustainable and future-orientated opportunities.
Two years ago, F&S solar became aware of the potential of the green area near Schiphol's runway. The lessor of the site "Groene Hoek" in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer is the Schiphol Area Development Company (SADC). The demanding planning work, in which the airport was intensively involved, began in autumn 2016. Georg Schmiedel, CEO of F&S solar, still remembers the special features in the vicinity of an airfield: "As a developer, we had to prove that the orientation of the module tables does not glare the air traffic due to reflected sunlight at any time of the day." Initially expressed concerns about possible adverse effects were proved groundless: the PV park does not disturb the planes, on the other hand, landing or starting planes shade the modules only to a small extent. The only restriction in the later operation: Drones will not be allowed to fly above "Groene Hoek" to take thermographic images of the power plant.
Thin-film is the technology of choice
Schiphol receives thin-film modules. Crucial for this product, according to CTO Uwe Czypiorski, was the high efficiency and favourable low-light behaviour of the modules, which benefits the yield at this location. The new owner, Blue Elephant Energy AG from Hamburg, calculates more than 1,050 kWh per kWp of installed capacity yearly - this is a fairly high value for northwest European conditions. "In addition, US products are not burdened by minimum import prices and are currently cheap because of the dollar exchange rate," emphasizes Czypiorski. Almost 125,000 modules are installed. The high number based on 15 MW total power is explained by the relatively small size of the type used.
The project was particularly demanding because of the condition of the soil: the area is below sea level, and during the winter construction period, the ground was softened by rain and snow. Plant construction required special solutions based on many years of experience: "For example, we had to set more and longer poles to get the necessary solidity in the ground," states Czypiorski. The fact that only hot-dip galvanized poles - here 7,700 in number - are rammed with sufficient layer thicknesses, is standard at F&S solar anyway.
30 years lifespan
The operating time of an F&S solar project has now been extended to 30 years, accordingly, "Groene Hoek" laid specially sheathed cables and cables whose suitability for damp soil has been proven in tests. 32 km of DC main cables and 350 km of string cables connect the modules to six SMA central inverter stations MVPS 2200 of the latest generation. The solar park, which is now connected to the grid, will, therefore, see some of the new generations of aircraft starting and landing during its operating time.
F&S solar is building the biggest Solar Power Plant (116MW) in the Caribbean
F&S solar is building the biggest Solar Power Plant (116MW) in the Caribbean Euskirchen/Santo Domingo, 19.03.2018. As Europe is still shivering in the wintry cold weather, in the Caribbean there is the best weather for an open field construction site: During a visit in the Dominican Republic in March,…Mehr anzeigen
F&S solar is building the biggest Solar Power Plant (116MW) in the Caribbean
Euskirchen/Santo Domingo, 19.03.2018. As Europe is still shivering in the wintry cold weather, in the Caribbean there is the best weather for an open field construction site: During a visit in the Dominican Republic in March, F&S solar with investors and banks got an impression on the current construction progress of the first 58 MW section of the solar park Montecristi. This section has already been half built and will be connected to the grid in June 2018.
By the summer of 2019, the project partners expect the finalisation of the whole 116 MW solar park. For the first 58 MW, all contracts were signed in 2017: For the commercializing of the solar energy, F&S solar was able to negotiate a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with a national energy provider for a duration of 20 years and, in addition, a contract for operation and maintenance. The German project developer is also part of the project as in investor and provides 35% of the equity capital. The remaining 65% is invested the company Blue Elephant Energy AG (BEE) from Hamburg, a years-long close partner of the F&S solar, that was represented at the site visit by board member Tim Kallas. BEE currently operates 17 solar and five wind parks with a total output of more than 250 MW. The loan capital is provided by European development banks, mainly in charge of the DEG in Cologne, a 100 per cent subsidiary of the KfW banking group. Also involved are the Dutch FMO and the Belgian BIO. Furthermore, the DEG will check the entire project progress with regard to the ecological and social standards of the World Bank.
German know-how forms the solid basis of the large-scale project
For the first construction section, about 215,000 modules will be delivered by the manufacturer Astronergy, which also produces in Frankfurt (Oder). Like the SMA inverters, the substructure also comes from Germany. For the cabling work, F&S solar also chose a German partner, Oliver Oepen GmbH. No without reason, as Managing Director Georg Schmiedel underlines: “It is very important for us bringing German partners on board, with whom we have long-term and trusting relationships”. Therefore, a special project in the Dominican Republic with developing competency, high-valued components and financing from Germany was created.
The park will be built step by step in blocks of 2.5 MW according to the input power of the SMA inverter stations. The substation will be constructed by ABB and the feed-in will take place directly on the site of the solar park into the high-voltage level. The relatively constant climate throughout the year favors the work, which is running on full speed, states CTO Uwe Czypiorski: "In the only difficult phase, the autumnal hurricane season, where the project benefits from its geographical location in the northwest of the country. The area where we are building is well protected from the effects of hurricanes by nearby mountain chain." Moreover, from a logistical point of view, the Montecristi region is also advantageous, as the components reach their destination in a very short time from the deep sea ports of Haina and Caucedo.
Caribbean is ideal for renewable energy
As Georg Schmiedel reports, the Dominican Republic is a particularly attractive market for solar projects in many ways: "There is not only a constant high level of solar radiation, but also huge areas that have not been used practically, not even by agriculture." At the same time the participating institutions were very well prepared for the topic of renewable energies and preferred solar energy in the modification and expansion of the energy supply system: "Energy providers and grid operators recognize the great advantages of decentralized solar parks distributed over the country for the security of supply and the stability of the grid," emphasizes Schmiedel. “The view on solar power is very different than in Central Europe."
About F&S solar
F&S solar concept GmbH, with its headquarters in Euskirchen, is an international solar park developer with subsidiaries in Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands and the Dominican Republic. So far, the company has already designed and built more than 1,500 PV systems and solar parks - especially in Germany and other European markets. With more than 50 employees in the corporate headquarters, F&S solar offers not only the planning and restoration of PV systems, but also monitoring, maintenance and further services. www.fs-sun.com
About Blue Elephant Energy AG
The Hamburg Blue Elephant Energy AG supports the expansion of solar and wind energy as an investor and operator of renewable power plants. There are currently 17 solar and five wind parks with a total output of more than 250 MW in the portfolio. BEE combines in their investments sustainable energy with safe and predictable income. This is guaranteed by the close cooperation with long-term partners in the field of project development, which also includes F&S solar. www.blueelephantenergy.com/de
About the DEG
For 55 years, the DEG has been a reliable partner to private companies that are active in developing and emerging nations. Their customers receive tailored solutions in financing, support programs and individual consultation. Therefore, they can develop successfully over the long term, create local added value and skilled jobs. With a portfolio of around 8.3 € billion in more than 80 countries, DEG is one of the largest development financiers for the private sector.
Find out more: www.deginvest.de
ABB wins substation order to connect solar plant with the national grid of the Dominican Republic
New AIS substation in Monte Cristi helps to integrate green energy into the Dominican grid. ABB has won an order from the German solar plant developer F&S Solar Concept GmbH to build a turnkey 138 kV substation connecting a new solar plant in Monte Cristi with the national grid of the Dominican Republic.…Mehr anzeigen
New AIS substation in Monte Cristi helps to integrate green energy into the Dominican grid.
ABB has won an order from the German solar plant developer F&S Solar Concept GmbH to build a turnkey 138 kV substation connecting a new solar plant in Monte Cristi with the national grid of the Dominican Republic. F&S will bring the expertise to build a high performance solar plant whereas ABB supports with its know-how in integrating renewable energy to the grid. Besides the AIS substation, ABB will furthermore provide two new 25 MVA transformers.
ABB has already helped the provider to connect the first solar plant of the Dominican Republic with the national grid. Besides this 30 MW solar plant in Monte Plata, the amount of renewable energy in the Dominican Republic will be enhanced with the new solar plant in Monte Cristi, adding 100 MW of solar power to the grid.
As the country suffers from general power shortage, the development of renewable energy is critical to strengthen the grid and make it possible to extend the amount of connected households to the power grid. The Dominican government has already established important legal innovations and plans to open more solar plants in future, opening new opportunities for ABB.
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leading global technology company in power and automation that enables utility, industry, and transport & infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 135,000 people.
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“F&S solar is going to invest USD 250 Million in the province Montecristi”
In the presence of various local medias the German company F&S Solar announced this Saturday (03.09) in a press conference that they are going to invest $ 250 million in the construction of the largest solar farm in Latin America and the Caribbean Region. Among others, John Pape and Heinz Vieluf Cabrera…Mehr anzeigen
In the presence of various local medias the German company F&S Solar announced this Saturday (03.09) in a press conference that they are going to invest $ 250 million in the construction of the largest solar farm in Latin America and the Caribbean Region.
Among others, John Pape and Heinz Vieluf Cabrera (Senator province) gave important information.
The German company, which was established more than 30 years ago, provides the same service in different European countries (Italy, Spain, Germany)
Since 2013 F&S Solar acts in the Dominican Republic and will sell clean energy for 20 years (contract / PPA) to the state.
First phase: USD 120 million
Second phase: USD 130 million
This investment will provide more than 400 direct jobs and more than 100 indirect. The economy of the province will benefit.
Heinz Vieluf indicates that this is an important step for the development of the province.
The first investment will start at the end of October.