The Lieberose solar farm, currently under construction in Brandenburg, Germany, has officially become the world's second-largest solar power plant and Germany's largest, according to Worrstadt, Germany-based juwi Group and First Solar Inc.
The companies' announcement followed the placement of the 560,000th solar panel in the project by German Infrastructure Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee and Brandenburg Minister President Matthias Platzeck.
The 53 MW project's total investment is over 160 million euros. The project is being developed on the largest former military training site of the Soviet army in Germany. Brandenburg will be paid a lease that finances the restoration of the site, including the removal of metal and soil contaminated by leftover grenades, shrapnel and munitions. After the end of the lease period, the solar farm can be removed, restoring the land to its natural state, the companies note.