Solar energy in public hands – BayWa r.e. creates four solar farms
BayWa r.e., a fully owned subsidiary of BayWa AG, has constructed another four photovoltaic plants in Germany with a combined output of more than 8 MWp. The solar farms were commissioned by companies partially financed by local residents, with some structured as mutual societies. "These solar farms primarily benefit parishes and local residents. This puts energy transition on a solid footing, as these plants are widely accepted by local residents", explained Klaus Josef Lutz, chairman of BayWa AG.
In the parish of Niederviehbach (Lower Bavaria), the "Bürgerenergie Essenbach" mutual society has invested in a solar farm project near the A92 motorway. Interested residents from the surrounding communities can participate in the venture by acquiring a stake, starting from €500. In Niederraunau (Swabia), the PV Park Niederraunau-Aletshausen eG, founded 2012 on the initiative of the Raiffeisenbank Krumbach, is already investing in its third major greenfield PV plant. All sites were planned and engineered by BayWa r.e. In the parish of Sanitz near Rostock, BayWa r.e. is establishing another solar farm on an area of wasteland last used 15 years earlier by a concrete manufacturing plant. The leasing income for the two-hectare site directly benefits the parish. The municipal enterprise "Alternative Energieversorgung Weißensberg" gave BayWa r.e. the go-ahead for creating a solar farm in the Lampertsweiler district. The parish, situated in the climatically favoured region of Lake Constance, now also benefits from using solar energy and will be operating the new solar farm under its own management. BayWa r.e. completed all PV plants on schedule by the 30/04/2013, enabling them to benefit, as intended, from the statutory remuneration scheme in force in April. For the plant technology, BayWa r.e. called on its proven in-house system design, coupled with quality components supplied by Yingli, Power One and Zimmermann.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of BayWa AG (Munich), is responsible for BayWa group’s renewable energy business. BayWa r.e. was founded in 2009 and acts as a holding company for various business interests in the areas of solar, wind energy, bio-energy and geothermal energy. BayWa r.e.’s business activities range from project development and realisation, to retail and consulting services. In the services sector, BayWa r.e. covers the entire spectrum of technical plant support. If desired, it can also undertake the commercial and technical operations management of plants. The company has an international focus with its core markets in Europe and the USA. BayWa AG is a trading company operating on an international platform. Its main business sectors are agriculture, construction material and energy. Shares in the company are traded on the MDAX exchange (German Mid-Cap Index).