Solar installations for everyone

The company Solarstrom AG of Freiburg im Breisgau, together with the Berlin company Solon, will install by the end of the year the largest solar field in the world north of Würzburg (north of
Bavaria).

A total of 1500 small solar power plants, with a power of 7 to 10 kilowatts, will be installed on an area of ​​77 hectares. Each of these 1500 photovoltaic installations is a complete unit, including remote monitoring and a connection to the network, which can be purchased by private investors. The Solarstrom company started selling these mini-power plants under the name "SolarOptimal" at the beginning of the week, the land, financing, insurance and maintenance are included.

Solarstrom and Solon are present in a growing market: Germany is the number one in the world for solar equipment.

At the end of 2004, this type of installation represented in Germany a maximum total installed power of 700MW. Thanks to the support of the Renewable Energies Act (EEG), they have become much more profitable economically. The guarantee of subsidization of the current coming from solar energy for the next 20 years greatly enhances the power plant of Arnstein.

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The solar modules developed by the company Solon are mounted on two axes, which means that they can follow the sun during the day in the same way as a sunflower. Compared to fixed solar installations, the installations developed by Solon will provide one third of additional power. For Solon director Thomas Krupke, this is proof that the solar industry is on the right track to be more and more able to compete with more conventional energy producers.

Solar currently still need the law on renewable energies to be competitive, but the costs were
halved over the past ten years, and the same reduction is still expected for the next ten years, says Krupke. "We will become from this period serious competitors on the energy market".

contacts:
- SOLON AG - tel: +49 30 81 87 9100 - fax: +49 30 81 87 9110 - email:
solonag@solonag.com - internet: http://www.solonag.com
- Solarstrom AG - tel: +49 761 47700 - fax: +49 761 4770 555 - email:
mail@solarstromag.de
Sources: Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 10 / 05 / 2005
Editor: Nicolas Condette, nicolas.condette@diplomatie.gouv.fr

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