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South Korea to Build World's Largest Solar Power Station Using German Technology

    TWIG - Meanwhile Hamburg-based SunTechnics said in a statement Wednesday (9 May) that a South Korean engineering firm will build the world's largest solar power station in the southwest of the country using German technology.

South Korea's Dongyang Engineering & Construction Corp and SunTechnics will build the solar power station with an output of 20 megawatts to be completed by November 2008. The plant in Sinan, 400 kilometers southwest of Seoul, will be the size of 80 football fields, or 600,000 square meters.

With the building of the South Korean solar power station the subsidiary of Hamburg Conergy AG said it will increase its East Asian market share by 25 percent.

Yet South Korea won't hold the title of largest solar park for long as a 40 megawatt photovoltaic plant is planned to be constructed on a former military base east of Leipzig, Germany by 2009. (dpa)

The new Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG) of 21 July 2004 makes it compulsory for operators of power grids to give priority to feeding electricity from renewable energies into the grid and to pay fixed prices for this. The adoption of the precursor to the Renewable Energy Sources Act in 1990 triggered a major increase in wind power generation. The entry into force of the Renewable Energy Sources Act in 2000 has led to a similar boom in biomass and photovoltaics. The use of geothermal energy for electricity generation has also developed considerably. The Renewable Energy Sources Act has thus proved to be an exemplary and successful tool of energy policy. (German Federal Environment Ministry)
Republished with permission from "The Week in Germany"


The full Washington Post story (May 5, 2007)


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