We are very excited!
Our project “SUNfarming Food & Energy” was selected by an independent jury of experts among the TOP 3 finalists in the category Sustainable Development.
Since its founding in 2008, the GreenTec Awards have become the world’s most important environmental award. Together with more than 120 partners, they offer large and small companies the international stage to present the best projects for environmental protection.
SUNfarming Food & Energy:
Agro-solar greenhouses provide sustainable food, energy, jobs, education
SUNfarming´s unique technology makes it possible to produce economically attractive and resource-efficient food and energy at the same place. The project is providing knowledge transfer in train-the-trainer programmes for students and skills development for people from local communities.
15 agro-solar green-houses have been installed on the campus of the NWU University in South Africa. A team of experts from North-West University and SUNfarming is responsible for the running and training of agro-solar technologies and the research purposes to identify the right crops. The generated solar power is used directly by the university.
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All finalists can be found online
The first Food & Energy Training Centre in South Africa is a partnership project:
Operating project partner: North-West University Potchefstroom
Co-financing project partner: KFW DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH)
Coordinator of the project: ALENSYS (Alternative Energiesysteme AG)
The greenhouse, covered with a 4 m wide light dome, has a size of 42.5m² (5m x 8.5m). The roof tops, east and west of the light dome, are equipped with SUNfarming modules, the generated solar electricity is used directly by the hotel.
The “SF Urban Farming Concept”, developed by SUNfarming, produces sustainable solar energy and regional food – on the same place. In addition to the solar power, vegetables, fruits, flowers or fish can be gained between the modules of new or already built PV free-field plants or in special agro-solar Food & Energy greenhouses.
Here, from one of the highest points of the Estrel, Peter Griebel, the kitchen director, not only enjoys a magnificent view over Berlin, but here he is now harvesting herbs, cauliflower, chili, chard and physalis, to mention only a few. Regionally and sustainably produced finesse and highlights for the hotel kitchen.
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The metal-working Butting Group provides almost 3 ha of land for the construction of the first KoNaMo-SUNfarming oasis for food & energy in Germany. The parcel is located directly behind the site and is leased for the project. 100% of the generated energy is taken from Butting, also on the weekends!
KoNaMo is based in Berlin, where actors and strategies, technologies and deployment scenarios for sustainable mobility are brought together in Germany. For members and partners, synergies are created that are in harmony with ecological and economic ideals. The integration and qualification of refugees from war zones remains an urgent problem for many municipalities.
The joint investment project KoNaMo-SUNfarming-Oases for Food & Energy aims to give these people a meaningful training in which they acquire quickly and purposefully basic knowledge and qualifications in healthy food production. This acquired knowledge gives people courage and confidence. In addition, the participants have an excellent perspective, should they return to their home countries sooner or later.
The SUNfarming Food & Energy Training Concept of Solar Greenhouses has been successfully applied and tested in Africa. South Africa has the best experience and we want to establish this concept also in Germany.
Learn more about KoNaMo: www.konamo.de
Another SUNfarming solar park was successfully completed in Mühlenbeck in the Oberhavel region.
“Mühlenbeck” is a solar park of superlatives: on an area of 55,000 m² on the former landfill, 12,048 solar modules of the type SUNfarming SF-AT235-60P with 260 and 265 Wp power were installed. The SUNfarming quality modules and inverters used are all “Made in Germany”. The energy produced in this way of 3,229,800 kWh can supply 1,000 2-person households with clean solar power in the year. In addition, SUNfarming is contributing around 1,937.511 kg of CO2 emissions this year, which corresponds to the output of approximately 750 medium-class cars.
Up to 50 fitters and technicians have carried out a “small miracle” and rammed up to 5000 posts, sometimes up to 1.20 m deep, into the ground, 516 “tables” and the modules were mounted.
SUNfarming invests 3.5 million euros from planning to completion of the plant. The leasing contract for the landfill site is over 20 years with an extension option of 5 years.
„Thanks to the good cooperation of politics, management and the executive companies the solar park could be established in record time“, said Managing Director Martin Tauschke. This excellent teamwork was also necessary, since plants of this size will no longer be possible from 2017, according to lawmakers. The upper limit will then be 0.75 MW. 3 days before Christmas 2016 the building permission was granted.
For the building authority manager Hans-Werner Labitzki the use of the landfill site is a sensible and sustainable after-use, valuable agricultural areas are spared. Furthermore, the safety fence built around the solar system prevents the possibility that wild boars could exploit old rubbish, as happened in the past.
Mayor Fillipo Smaldino-Stattaus is also pleased with the completion of the plant:
“The municipality’s trade tax revenues are rising and the municipality is saving the costs of securing and maintaining the area. Again, a puzzle piece has been found on the way to the green community of Mühlenbecker Land “.
The use of near-natural sheep grazing as a nursing procedure complies with our ecological principles and is highly accepted by the population.
Since 2016 we have been using sheep herds to graze our solar parks in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. A requirement for the functioning of the solar modules is the prevention of shading caused by plant growth. The regular care of the vegetation by sheep grazing prevents shading of the modules.In contrast to mechanical mowing, there is no dust development or damage caused by stone impact. The shepherd’s checks at irregular times also reduce the risk of theft.
The shepherd also benefits from this safe pasture, which is already provided with fencing. The modules are a good shade dispenser and draft shield and the substructures offer retreats for lambing sheep. The surfaces are unloaded since no fertilizers and pesticides are used.
The nature conservation association welcomes the double use of the land, the extensive grazing has positive effects on the biodiversity, through the practiced change of the pasture the sheep serve other animal and plant species as means of transport and thus increase the biodiversity. Due to the good experiences with this environmentally friendly and gentle care of the areas our sheep are now also in Falkensee in Brandenburg -the sheep seem to like it.
SUNfarming designed and installed a high quality 130kWp grid tied system at Pick & Pay Potchefstroom, one of the leading supply chain supermarkets in South Africa. SUNfarming used a designed methodology to maximize the yield output by elevating the solar modules. Elevated modules not only ensure optimal irradiation and effective ventilation under the panels, it also minimizes the maintenance cost during the life time of the system.
The system produces an average 10% more than pre-calculated. During the last four months, Pick & Pay saved 86 MWh of electricity with an overall reduction in consumption of 18%. During the lifetime of the system the client will generate a return of approximately more than 20% on the cash flow saving of this initiative.
The saving benefit per year is about R340.000 with a 6 year payback period.
With the impressive output of 3.281,76 kWp the latest SUNfarming free-field plant in Wriezen is a showcase of how to produce, clean renewable energy power on a former dumpsite for municipal and industrial waste.
It can be avoided 2.012kg CO2 emissions per year.
A special engineering and technical challenges were the concreted piles for the foundation of the support structure for the solar modules. Not deeper than 60 cm were the piles framed into the restoration layer of the dumpsite.
“Our engineers and technicians completed the plant in just 3 months, including power supply, and it was successfully connected to the grid in July 2016. 12,400 SUNfarming modules AT 235-60P 265 Wp “Made in Germany “, have been installed, explains Martin Tauschke, CEO of SUNfarming.
All work has been strictly controlled by the supervision of the landfill operator. The successful acceptance successes from the State Office for the Environment in Brandenburg.
SUNfarming builds another 11 MW in Friedland, making it the largest producer of electricity in the region Friedland
11 megawatt solar park at three more locations in Friedland are since March 2016 connected to the grid.
As already several times in recent years, the trustful cooperation of SUNfarming with DKB also allowed the financing of these solar parks.Through our unique quality assurance system, we are a reliable partner for banks and investors.
“As production partners for our SUNfarming quality modules we chose Aleo Solar, producing in Prenzlau and Astronergy, producing in Frankfurt/Oder. Only economically strong PV module factories with automated production lines are added to the supply chain of SUNfarming.
Prior to delivery all modules are regularly tested at the factory by our SUNfarming quality managers, in collaboration with external testing institutes such as the PI Berlin, in a particularly strict quality control, “said Martin Tauschke, CEO of SUNfarming.
“We have successfully realized five solar parks with 22 MW, making SUNfarming the largest electricity producer in the region Friedland”.
SUNfarming at the Intersolar in Munich with a new booth and sustainable, trendsetting ideas.
Three successful day at the trade fair lie behind us. We realized less exhibitors than the last years, but a rising in quality of the exhibitors and visitors. SUNfarming seized the chance, not only to present their large range of business area to the audience, but also could we have ascertained business conversations regarding current and upcoming projects with customers and suppliers, as well as with banks and financing partners.
Intersolar Europe 2015, from June 10. – 12. 2015, booth B2.270
In 2013 SUNfarming’s own plants achieved performance 5.3 % higher than forecast. In 2014 this rose to over 7.7 % additional performance.
Everyone ist talking about the energy transition, we are making it
You can see for yourself at our booth at the Intersolar, promised the SUNfarming team and management.
SUNfarming GmbH specialises in project development for capital investors and the realisation and active support of PV projects for commercial and private own electricity systems. With our experienced team of commercial staff, engineers and electrical engineers we have already successfully realised projects for 350 megawatts of capacity. Read more