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Sunny prospects with solar energy

How we roll out solar projects on a large scale

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Solar energy is a key pillar of Germany's climate protection strategy. As a driving force behind the nationwide expansion of our solar parks, we focus on foresight – and on close cooperation with municipalities and citizens. We take a holistic approach to our work: from development and construction to operation - always with the environment in mind.

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installed capacity of EnBW’s solar parks in total (as of 01/01/2024).

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capacity from photovoltaics we intend to install by 2025.

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approximate runtime of a photovoltaic system.

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can be avoided annually with our solar parks (compared to conventionally generated electricity from coal).

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Our projects
From construction to operation to battery storage
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Sunny prospects for a green electricity supply motivate us to continuously drive forward our solar strategy. Whether for our solar parks or our solar solutions for private households and companies. One thing that sets us apart with our solar parks is that we implement them holistically: We develop and build solar installations, operate and maintain our parks and are the first energy company in Germany to consider battery storage in our solar parks as a matter of principle. In future, we will also take care of the scheduled dismantling of projects when the plants have reached the end of their service life. Local communities, citizens and businesses can count on us for the entire duration of the project. Regardless of whether it is a photovoltaic (PV) module on an apartment building, an innovative combined project with solar and wind energy, as in Gundelsheim, or a financial investment in a park.

Solar energy combiproject
Solar energy combiproject

Our Solar Parks

Gottesgabe

Alttrebbin

Weesow-Willmersdorf

Görlsdorf

Langenenslingen-Wilflingen

Gundelsheim

Milestones of our solar strategy
We make use of the sun’s power
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Since the beginning of the 2000s, we have been pushing ahead with solar projects. Today, we have a large number of solar parks across Germany where we generate electricity from solar energy. Our journey through time shows which park was the first and what steps we are already planning next.

2010
Solar energy within reach

Since 2008, one focus of our electricity generation has been the development of solar parks. We inaugurated our first large solar park in 2010 in Leibertingen, a municipality in Baden-Württemberg in the district of Sigmaringen. Since then, we have been driving the expansion forward and have taken over operations. We carefully examine which areas are suitable, such as former agricultural land or industrial areas, so-called conversion areas.

2015-2019
Contracts awarded in 4 years

Between 2015 and 2019, we took part in various tenders and were awarded a total of 14 contracts for 64 megawatts. This made us one of the most successful companies and the leading energy supplier in the field of solar energy tenders even back then.

2020
Project with radiance  

At the end of 2020, we connected the Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park to the grid. It is located north of the town of Werneuchen, in the district of Barnim, in Brandenburg. With a capacity of around 187 megawatts, it is currently Germany's largest solar park (as of 12/2023). After barely a year of construction, there are now 465,000 solar modules on 164 hectares. In addition: Weesow-Willmersdorf is the first large-scale PV project in Germany to be realized without state subsidies.

The number of households supplied is based on the average annual electricity consumption of around 2,900 kWh for a three-person household.

2021
Solar cluster with electricity for 140,000 households

January 2021 sees the start of construction of the Gottesgabe and Alttrebbin solar parks in Brandenburg. Both large-scale projects are connected to the grid at the beginning of 2022 and secure the electricity for around 90,000 households on an area the size of 380 soccer pitches. Their combined installed capacity is 300 megawatts. For EnBW, these are the first two parks in which bifacial modules are being used. These modules are also photoelectrically active on the back and therefore achieve a higher solar yield. Together with the Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park, the three parks form a solar cluster with around 500 megawatts, which avoids around 325,000 tons of CO₂.

2023
Make better use of the sun’ s power – with battery storage systems

We already have battery storage systems in use at several locations, but on the occasion of the storage system for the newly built park in Bruchsal, north of Karlsruhe, we are announcing: We are the first German energy company ever planning to install battery storage systems in our solar parks as a matter of principle. The only exceptions are when the local conditions and circumstances do not allow this. The storage systems we operate relieve the load on the electricity grid by collecting the energy generated when the feed-in capacity of a solar park into the regional distribution grid is limited. The battery storage system at the Bruchsal solar park has a capacity of 3.5 megawatt hours – as much as around 100 electric cars.

2024
Sun and wind combined

In future, however, we will not only combine solar parks with battery storage systems: We are also building wind power and PV installations on one site. We expect to connect the first park of this type to the grid at the end of 2024, in Gundelsheim in the district of Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg. The area of 64 hectares is suitable for the construction of photovoltaic systems as well as two wind turbines. This combination in particular makes the best possible use of the area, as the types of generation complement each other: when the sun is shining, it is usually less windy. If it is cloudy, there is usually more wind. This makes it easier to compensate for fluctuations in generation.

2025
Parks for people and the environment

From citizen consultation hours to websites: local authorities benefit most from our solar parks when we involve their citizens in the planning of land use at an early stage. One exemplary project in this respect is the Langenenslingen-Wilflingen solar park in Baden-Württemberg. It is expected to go into operation in spring 2025 with a capacity of 80 megawatts and will protect the environment in the best possible way with the help of new plantings and nature conservation measures. The Görlsdorf solar park in Brandenburg, which is scheduled to go into operation in the fourth quarter of 2025, also shows how citizen participation works. It also shows how parks can serve as grazing areas for sheep and as new habitats for native plant and animal species.

2025
Halfway towards climate neutrality

By 2025, our solar portfolio is expected to have a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts. This is an important step towards achieving our goal of generating at least half of our energy from renewable sources by 2025 – and achieving climate neutrality across the Group by 2035.

Cooperation
Soaking up the sun together

We can make the greatest contribution to more solar power by bringing photovoltaic (PV) systems to the area. The best way to achieve this is with solar parks on large open spaces. In Germany, we therefore examine which areas are legally suitable for development and seek dialog with citizens, municipalities and landowners at an early stage. Together with local construction companies and partners such as SolNet, we are connecting solar projects to the grid - also in France with our subsidiary Valeco. After three to six months of construction, a park is ready. Then the municipality and its citizens can benefit from solar energy – and from economic success in the form of lease income and as investors.

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EnBW E-Cockpit: Discovering electricity in real-time

The ”EnBW-Cockpit“ app makes our generation data transparent. It shows in real time the current performance of our wind energy and photovoltaic systems.

EnBW E-Cockpit for iOS

EnBW E-Cockpit for Android

Current capacity from solar energy
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Environmental protection
We protect wildlife and plants
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The special thing about solar parks is that they are extremely environmentally friendly. Only 0.5 to 1 percent of the surface area is sealed during the construction of a solar park. The areas are not fertilized, can develop naturally and offer space for silent power generation. We ensure the habitat of wildlife and plants by planting trees, shrubs and grasses near the parks or creating new biotopes.

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Illustration showing the size of a solar panel
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Most species quickly become accustomed to the modules. Sheep, for example, even feel very comfortable under the surfaces of the PV systems: they are protected from the sun and rain and can graze undisturbed. In turn, insects benefit from their droppings - and so do bats and birds. Large solar parks even offer protection to rare species such as the sand lizard.