Solar installations for everyone

The Solarstrom AG company from 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 the
Bavaria).

A total of 1500 small solar power plants, with a power of 7 to 10 kilowatts, will be installed over an area of ​​77 hectares. Each of these 1500 photovoltaic installations is a complete unit, including remote monitoring and grid connection, which can be purchased by private investors. The Solarstrom company began selling these mini-plants under the name "SolarOptimal" at the start of the week, 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 in Germany represented a maximum total installed power of 700MW. Thanks to the support of the law on renewable energies (EEG), they have become economically much more profitable. The guarantee of subsidization of the current coming from solar energy during the next 20 years greatly enhances the value of the Arnstein power station.

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The solar modules developed by the Solon company 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 a third more power. For the director of Solon, Mr. Thomas Krupke, it is proof that the solar energy branch is on the right track to be more and more able to compete with the producers of more conventional energy.

Solar currently still need the law on renewable energies to be competitive, but the costs were
halved in the last ten years, and the same reduction is expected for the next ten years, explains Krupke. "From this period we will become 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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