German renewable energy firm ABO Wind AG has officially commissioned two solar parks, boasting a combined capacity of 18.5 MW, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, located in southwest Germany. The assets, a 5.1-MW plant situated in Zerf and a larger 13.4-MW facility in Niederkirchen, were connected to the grid just before the turn of the year.
These newly operational solar projects benefit from a municipal tax incentive of EUR 0.002 (USD 0.002) per kWh of power fed into the grid, according to a company statement. Notably, the Niederkirchen project represents ABO Wind's largest photovoltaic (PV) undertaking in Germany to date, setting a record that will soon be surpassed, as the company plans to commence construction on two even larger sites in the country later this year.
Stadtwerke Stuttgart is slated to be the future operator of the Niederkirchen site, with ABO Wind overseeing technical management in the initial years. Additionally, ABO Wind has already secured a buyer for the Zerf site, as German renewable energy investor OKORENTA Group has acquired several projects from ABO Wind for inclusion in renewable energy funds.
Looking ahead, ABO Wind anticipates initiating work on over 10 solar projects in 2024, leveraging its existing groundwork, which includes secured terrains and installation decisions for potential new projects with a cumulative capacity reaching several hundred megawatts.