World's Largest Thin-Film Solar Power Plant Opens
The largest thin-film solar power plant in the world has opened in Germany, dubbed the "Rote Jahne". It was built by the contractor Juwi Solar, and it will have a total output capacity of six megawatts. It uses 90,000 solar modules to capture quite a bit of sunlight. Thin-film solar modules are cheaper than crystalline modules and produce more energy per unit of installed capacity. The thin-film cells were made by First Solar. The solar plant is built on a former military airfield, and its module surface area comprises approximately 16.5 acres.
The array will produce around 5.7 million kilowatt-hours of solar electricity every year, enough to power some 1,900 homes.
Juwi Solar has already started building an even larger 40-megawatt solar park, which will be comprised of 550,000 thin-film modules. That project is due to be finished by the end of 2009.