With the majority voted statute resolution on the development plan and the associated implementation agreement, the Boxberg municipal council gave the green light for the Boxberg PV park yesterday, Monday. The solar park, which EP New Energies GmbH (EPNE) is building for LEAG, is to be built with an installed capacity of 24.8 MWp north of the Boxberg district of Nochten and will feed up to 26,000 MW/h of green electricity into the grid every year. The system will thus become part of the LEAG-GigawattFactory, which, with an investment of 10 billion euros, is intended to make up to 7 gigawatts of renewable green electricity generation available for base load by 2030.
The planning application for the Boxberg PV park was submitted a week ago to the responsible building control authority at the Görlitz District Office. According to the current status of planning, construction should start in September of this year. Commissioning is expected in the first half of 2024.
"We are pleased that we can walk the path to the green future of Lusatia together and with the support of the Boxberg municipality," said Fabian von Oesen, Head of Renewable Energies at LEAG. "This region will benefit in the future from the expansion of renewable energy generation in a dimension that is unique in Germany, which LEAG is planning, because the availability and perspective of green hydrogen is today a decisive factor for the settlement of industrial companies".
"After the PV system in Böhlen, we are implementing the second solar project in Saxony for LEAG with the PV Park Boxberg. This is the start of a gradual transformation of the mining regions into centers of green power generation,” comments EPNE Managing Director Dominique Guillou. "The solar system will also contribute to the ecological upgrading of the opencast mining areas."
In Nochten, too, the project developer EPNE is making sure that the system fits well into the landscape over an area of ??33 hectares. The solar park will be designed in a natural way with hedges and extensive meadows for local wildlife. This promotes ecological biodiversity and enhances the landscape of the post-mining landscape in Lusatia.