Developer Energiekontor has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility EnBW for a 52MW solar array planned near the north-eastern German city of Rostock.

The 15-year PPA for the project in the municipality of Dettmannsdorf will make it possible that the array will be built without support under Germany’s EEG-scheme.

Construction is slated to start in the autumn of this year, with commissioning foreseen in the second quarter of next year, when the array is slated to produce 55.5 megawatt hours of electricity per year.

“By 2025, about half of EnBW’s generation portfolio will be in renewable energies,” said Peter Heydecker, who leads the utility’s trading business.

“With the PPA we just signed we and our partner Energiekontor are showing once more that big solar array can be built in Germany without subsidies.”

EnBW itself has built the 187MW Weesow-Willmersdorf solar array north of Berlin, which is not only the country's largest, but also was built without any support.

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Energiekontor chairman Peter Szabo stressed the importance for the energy transition of wind and solar arrays getting grid connected that have a lower levelised cost of energy (LCOE) than fossil power plants.

“With the signing of the PPA we show once more that large solar farms outside the EEG scheme can be economically viable,” Szabo said.