We will develop your Ground-Mounted Project

From an area of 5 HA

Protecting the climate and energy independence are of utmost importance today! To achieve these goals, alongside placing solar panels on roofs, we also need to set them up on the ground.

The current political situation has shown us that renewables need to be expanded as fast as we can to avoid dependence on energy provision from other countries. To drive forward development in renewables, we will need to set up more solar facilities on agricultural land over the coming years. This was the 2022 resolution of the Federal Government as part of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). To massively accelerate development of ground-mounted plants, the Federal Government has raised its target to 9000 megawatts by 2027. To this end, the potential areas for ground-mounted plants are being extended: This relates in particular to designated disadvantaged areas and boggy land used for agriculture. So-called “special” solar farms such as agrivoltaic plants should, in future, be given “a long-term perspective”, being transferred to this end from innovation tendering to the EEG.

Improvements have also been planned to strengthen decentralised energy production. Accordingly, in the future, open spaces will be exempted from tendering requirements if used by decentralised energy producers of up to six megawatts of power.
According to experts, the potential for the development of solar in Germany is immense, and has in no way yet been fully exploited. According to a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, the potential unrestricted area for expansion is around 3,200 square kilometres, offering a possible 230 gigawatts with today’s technology.

Alongside the necessity of transitioning to green energy to protect the climate and reduce dependence on other countries, the use of open space to produce solar electricity also offers significant advantages for landowners and communities.

Advantages for landowners

  • Regular income from the leasing of fields for solar energy production
  • Revenue increase
  • Contributions to climate protection
  • Contributions to your own energy bills
  • Regeneration of the soil (ecological improvement)

Advantages for rural communities and their residents

  • Strengthening the local economy
  • Reducing CO2 emissions
  • Use of green electricity in the entire community
  • More grid stability through combination with other renewables
  • Regional value creation with the involvement of local companies in the planning and realisation of ground-mounted projects
  • Potential for citizens’ shares in solar farms

What areas are suitable?

  • Low-yield fields and pasture
  • Spaces in deprived areas
  • Areas by motorways or railways
  • Areas for conversion such as former landfills or military training areas
  • Areas in industrial zones
  • Waste land

Potential usage models for ground-mounted projects

Model 1

  • You, the owner, lease us the land
  • We plan, develop and realise the plant
  • We invest in and operate the plant

Model 2

  • The owner of the land leases it to us
  • We plan, develop and realise the plant
  • We invest in and operate the plant
  • The owner of the land receives returns on the investment and is a silent partner in the operating company

Model 3

  • The owner of the land leases it to us
  • We plan, develop and realise the plant
  • We invest in and operate the plant
  • The owner of the land receives returns on the investment and is a silent partner in the operating company
  • The community also benefits from the investment and the profits

Modell 4

  • The landowner sells us the land
  • We plan, develop and realise the plant
  • We invest in and operate the plant

Ask for a non-binding offer right now for us to assess your ground-mounted project.

    Step 1

    1. How big is the area you want to fill with solar panels

    Step 2

    2. What is the quality of the land?

    Step 3

    3. Are you planning a solar project in conjunction with electromobility?

    How many charging columns do you want to integrate?

    Do you want to know more about our HofLADEN concept?

    Step 4

    4. What are you more interested in?

    Step 5

    5. Plant location (street, zip code, city)

    Step 6

    6. Contact details

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    We offer you the ability to increase your profits sustainably and constantly using the right ground-mounted plant concept. We look after the complete project planning from concept creation through planning permission to installation and starting to provide electricity to the grid. The project will break down as follows:

    1. Inspecting the area and securing the site

    • Careful inspection of the potential location (what is needed is direct, unshaded sunshine for as long as possible over the course of the day and the year)
    • Consultation with landowners and -users
    • Conclusion of usage contracts

    2. Planning and approval

    • Contact with local communities to present the benefits for them
    • Municipality creates the legally enforceable zoning and development plan needed to set up the ground-mounted plant
    • Commissioning of various studies on nature and species conservation
    • If the solar plant fulfils the criteria of the EEG, a bid for the EEG contract will be submitted to the central tendering office of the Federal Network Agency
    • If an area does not fulfil the criteria of the EEG, marketing under a “power-purchase agreement” (PPA plant) will be aimed for. (For an explanation, see “options to market the solar electricity”)

    3. Execution

    • Once the approval phase is over and the EEG contract has been presented, we can start building the plant

    4. Long-term operational management

    • We secure your returns by continuous monitoring of the power generation performance with direct servicing and maintenance when needed

    EEG Remuneration

    Under § 37 of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) it is determined when a ground-mounted plant has a claim for EEG remuneration and thus can take part in the Federal Network Agency’s tendering processes to determine the financial support given to ground-mounted solar plants. EEG remuneration guarantees an unchanging energy price for 20 years. This minimises the entrepreneurial risk for photovoltaic projects.

    Currently, for each site, a maximum of 10 MWp can be remunerated under the EEG. According to the Joint Tendering Ordinance (GemAV), some rural districts are able to be remunerated for a maximum power of up to 20 MWp via the EEG.

    Options for marketing the solar electricity

    The solar energy captured can be marketed using various concepts depending on the location. The type of marketing influences the overall economic viability of the ground-mounted project.

    The most common areas eligible for EEG remuneration are those in a 110-m-wide strip along motorways and railways, closely followed by plants built on brownfield sites of various kinds. Unused areas in established industrial zones also have good chances for EEG remuneration. Some federal states have resolved to approve solar plants for EEG tendering on greenfield sites and farmland in deprived areas.

    Power-purchase plants

    If the solar plant does not fulfil the criteria of the EEG, we can aim for marketing as a PPP. Here, a long-term electricity supply contract is drawn up with one or more business partners (e.g. energy-intensive operations or energy suppliers).

    Marketing to the electricity exchange

    A third option is to market the energy directly to the electricity exchange. This concept is considered the riskiest. However, it is the general practice to market the excess energy produced by solar plants on particularly sunny days here if they do not receive remuneration under the EEG.

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    Your contact for your ground-mounted project

    Onur Altunel
    Key Account & Sales Manager

    Mob. +49 173 6835487

    Adler Smart Solutions

    Energy For Now.