innogy is building on its cooperative relationship with Primus

Their focus will now lie on solar projects, as well as onshore wind

  • innogy is taking on solar development projects with over 50 MW
  • Primus will supervise projects up to completion
  • innogy is implementing 750 kW solar projects in Germany

innogy SE is building on its cooperative relationship with Primus Group. From now on, innogy and Primus Solar GmbH will tackle solar projects together, in addition to onshore wind projects. This was confirmed in a cooperation agreement, signed by both companies End of December. Part of the agreement allows innogy to take over solar projects with a total capacity of over 50 megawatts peak (MWp) in Thuringia, central Germany, and Bavaria, southern Germany. Primus, which is a developer based in Regensburg in Bavaria, will continue to further develop projects for innogy as a service provider. However, the rights to the projects will be fully transferred to innogy. Both parties have agreed to keep the purchase price and other contractual details confidential.

Dr Thorsten Blanke, Head of Solar at innogy SE
“Entering into specific cooperative agreements with other project developers is part of our growth strategy. We have already worked with Primus in developing onshore wind power plants. We are now set to extend this cooperative relationship to the area of photovoltaics. Primus is a highly professional development partner that is well-established in the region. Together with our subsidiary BELECTRIC, we will bring our technical expertise from the area of solar energy to the table, which will be necessary in order to hold our ground in a competitive market like Germany.”
Dr Thorsten Blanke, Head of Solar at innogy SE

Jürgen Meyer-Menz, Managing Director of Primus Energie GmbH, says: “For more than a year now, we have a promising cooperation in the field of wind power. We complement the outstanding market position of innogy with the advantages of a flexible and highly specialised medium-sized developer. What could be more appropriate than to use this recipe for success in the field of photovoltaics. In particular, we are looking forward to working with the highly experienced and successful colleagues of innogy and BELECTRIC.”

In total, the pipeline consists of six solar parks that are in different stages of development. An initial project with about 10 MWp of installed capacity is already in an advanced development stage and could take part in an auction this year. The innogy subsidiary BELECTRIC will take on the construction and operation of these projects.

Further solar projects already being implemented

Alongside these large-scale solar farms from the Primus pipeline, innogy will tackle smaller solar projects in Germany. These plants have an installed capacity of 750 kilowatts peak (kWp). This offers a clear advantage, as solar projects up to this size do not have to take part in an auction, but can be built immediately after the respective building permit has been issued.

A 750 kWp plant in the municipality of Lembruch in Lower Saxony, Germany, was put into operation in spring of 2018. A substructure developed by BELECTRIC that rests on ground spikes was used in this plant. The ‘PEG system’ stands out as it uses very little material and has a streamlined installation process. The system also makes very good use of space.

innogy’s second 750 kW plant in the state of Lower Saxony is currently being built near the city of Osnabrück. A further plant is in the approval process near the town of Stolberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Both solar plants are set to commence operations in the first quarter of this year. Two plants in Rhineland-Palatinate are also expected to be completed in the second half of the year. One of these will also use the innovative PEG system. Moreover, three further 750 kW projects are planned for this year. However, the sites for these projects have yet to be secured by means of lease agreements and investment decisions will also have to be made.