Ground-mounted PV

The Latest Generation of a Successful Technology

Together, we will make the global energy transition a success

Moving towards a Net-zero Carbon Future

To make the global energy transition a reality, large-scale ground-mounted solar parks are vital. They can provide us with reliable, predictable quantities of renewable electricity.

Large-scale ground-mounted PV systems ensure that there will always be enough renewable energy for households, business and industry, with the ability to meet increasing demand thanks to battery storage and hydrolysis technology.

Such solar parks are generally highly competitive when it comes to production costs, not only when compared with conventional generation, but also other renewable energy sources.

BayWa r.e’s experience proves that high-quality solar projects can generate clean, subsidy-free renewable electricity all over the world.

Helping pave the way to sustainable energy

Helping pave the way to sustainable energy

Did you know that you can help the renewable energy transition by providing your farmland, fallow, or former industrial or military land for the construction of a solar park?

As a landowner making land available for ground-mounted solar PV projects can provide you with a reliable and fixed rental income for the next 20 years or more. You can also potentially earn more money off your land by taking over additional services such as grass maintenance. You can be assured that we’ll be your direct point of contact throughout the entire lifespan of your project.

Get in touch with us if you have at least 10 hectares of eligible land!

Large-scale ground-mounted PV plants are essential for the success of the global energy transition. At BayWa r.e., we deliver low LCOE for what is already the most affordable energy source of our time, solar power. With our designs for fixed and tracking ground-mounted systems, we have been setting new standards for yield reliability worldwide for years.

Christoph Reiners
Head of Product Management Ground-Mounted PV at BayWa r.e.

Solar PV system solutions that reliably deliver

Pioneering, Tried and Tested

Our PV systems are pioneering when it comes to design and quality. As you would expect, our designs have received VDE confirmation and certification.

Our design solutions are developed with the best configurations to deliver a high quality, durable structure that maximises the available solar energy.

Learn more about our tracker and fixed-tilt solar applications

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Proven to stand their ground

Proven to stand their ground

The assembly is made from high quality, coated steel. Mounting is simple and straightforward. The optimized cable management, which leads all DC lines above ground, enables fast intervention in service and avoids insulation faults due to DC bridges spanning rows. Yield losses are counteracted by the consistent use of string inverters, which are easily and speedily replaced in the event of a fault.

The south oriented generator field continues to be the most suitable design in many cases. Depending on the plant location and the planned remuneration model, we are increasingly applying an east/west orientation for the generator field. This enables us to better adapt the generation profile to expected electricity consumption curves and the revenue mechanisms linked to them. We expect this development to be further strengthened by the continued expansion of renewable energies.

Following the sun

Following the sun

Especially in more southern locations, we are increasingly relying on the use of single-axis tracking systems. Modules are mounted along a guide axis of up to 100 meters in length in a northerly and southerly direction, which is driven by a motor. This ensures that the modules follow the course of the sun from east to west and the angle of irradiation of the sun on the generator field is optimized. Using tracker systems achieves additional yields of approx. 20% compared to the south-facing open space approach.

Higher investment costs are currently paying off especially in locations with a high irradiation supply. The changed yield profile means the tracker offers interesting planning variants -production is shifted from midday to daytime off-peak hours. This represents an important alternative to smooth photovoltaic production peaks, which are to be expected due to the expansion of renewable energy generation.

Our Activities

Land Lease

Land Lease
Participate in the transition to green energy by leasing your farmland, fallow, or former industrial or miliary land for the construction of a solar park.

Project Acquisition

Project Acquisition
We support local businesses with joint initiatives, optimising your projects with our technical expertise. Benefit from our global experience and our financial and operational resources. We will acquire rights for all the project stages and work in partnership with you.

Operational Management

Operational Management
Our projects are built to last, with state-of-the-art maintenance and seamless 24/7 monitoring systems enabling you to generate more renewable energy than you ever would have thought possible.
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Investment

Investment
As the new owner of a turnkey solar system, you will be helping to pave the way to sustainable energy, while also ensuring a regular income for years to come.

Energy Trading

Energy Trading
Whether you are looking for long-term clean energy at a fixed price or want to lower your carbon footprint, we can offer you custom solutions.
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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement
Starting with social and sustainable funds, through to crowdfunding and crowdlending, there are so many ways you can benefit from our projects. We also hire local businesses - this is one way in which we can repay people and communities for their commitment to helping us to pave the way for green energy.

Local communities are vital partners in our net-zero journey

Local Engagement Matters

We truly value the involvement of local people and appreciate their expertise and commitment. Seeking the participation of the local community in our projects is an important priority, from neighbours through to farmers, nature conservation charities, and local authorities.

Ultimately, we want our solar projects to not only play a key role in delivering renewable electricity and enabling the energy transition, but also to help local communities.

Communities can benefit from solar farms in diverse way – from direct civic engagement and local sponsorships through to educational events and training and job opportunities. These rich opportunities for the local community are developed mutually by all involved. We know that for the energy transition to be a success, we must all be committed.

By supporting a solar park, you are significantly helping to achieve global renewables targets. If you are looking for a partner for your solar project, we’d love to hear from you.

Giving back to Citizens

Our Ground-mounted PV Initiatives in Numbers

136
operational projects
1200
MWp (approx.) installations in advanced development or under construction
2500
MWp (approx.) installations operational or built ready

Solar parks foster biodiversity

Solar parks foster biodiversity

Numerous studies by environmental organisations have demonstrated the positive impact of solar parks on biodiversity.

From the outset, starting with project design, we always look at how we can enhance biodiversity in our PV systems. For example, our designs can incorporate insect and lizard hotels, beehives, or flower strips. Sheep grazing can also significantly impact the nature of green pastures.

We also endeavour to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum during the construction stages of our solar projects.

Case Studies

Poland

Cutting Poland’s CO2 with subsidy-free solar and a VPPA

Supporting Poland’s transition towards renewable energy, BayWa r.e. has delivered the country’s first-ever subsidy-free solar farm with a 10-year corporate Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA), marking a new era of clean and sustainable corporate energy sourcing.

Germany

Delivering subsidy free solar in Germany

Through careful planning and smart thinking, BayWa r.e. has now delivered one of Germany’s first subsidy free ground mounted solar parks. This approach resulted in an 8.8MWp solar project that is able to operate without subsidy and provide green electricity to over 22,246 German homes.

Australia

Another ray of light for Australia

One of the largest solar farms in Australia supplying enough energy to power 110,000 Australian homes, Karadoc’s state-of-the-art technology includes solar panels that rotate with the sun. It has boosted local employment as well as the state of Victoria’s efforts to meet its ambitious renewables targets.

Spain

Long-term PPA to build giant solar park in Spain

While government funds to support renewable energy projects were dwindling in Spain, BayWa r.e. broke new ground to execute the first large-scale subsidy-free solar park in Europe. We managed to achieve grid parity thanks to falling costs of components and a PPA secured before building began.

Ireland

Northern Ireland's largest solar farm

Expected to offset nearly a million tonnes of CO2 during its lifetime, Northern Ireland’s largest solar farm has become a key source of green energy to local communities there. It was cleverly designed so the land could still be used for grazing livestock and withstand waterlogged ground.

Australia

BayWa r.e.'s first project in Down Under

Our very first project in Australia, this solar park in Queensland presented an ideal investment opportunity for us. Not without its challenges, we had to quickly pull together a reliable team to complete the project within 10 weeks, coordinating the sale of the plant while it was under construction.

Frequently asked questions about our Ground-mounted PV systems

  • How can landowners benefit from ground-mounted PV systems?

    With a solar plant on open spaces, you actively contribute to the success of the energy transition and can also enjoy long-term, fixed lease income without risking your own investment. The land covered with PV also serves to promote biodiversity, as the area is used extensively during the entire term and the soil can recover. Adjacent agricultural land also benefits from new biodiversity. If you decide to provide ‘green maintenance‘ as the owner or lessor of the land, you can generate additional income.

  • What are the advantages of a partnership with BayWa r.e.?

    With decades of experience in the field of renewable energy, we have comprehensive, worldwide know-how, expertise and networks. We are a quality-oriented full-service provider with a solid financial background. Through our local best practices all over the world, we have extensive knowledge of respective local conditions. From project conception to completion - we are and will remain your trustworthy, competent and reliable partner throughout the entire life cycle of the PV plant.

  • Does the PV plant affect the flora and fauna or the soil quality?

    It’s wrong to think that the construction of a solar park will require huge areas to be concreted over. The substructure of PV modules is inserted deep into the ground in ground-mounted systems, making the need for any foundations superfluous. Green areas and meadows remain, offering plentiful,  usable space. Since neither pesticides nor fertilizers are used, extensively produced hay can be obtained, or sheep grazing provided. As mown material is removed, this creates green areas that are particularly valuable for biodiversity. Mulch mowing is also possible, where the mown material remains on the area.

  • Can the area I provide for PV be used for other purposes?

    One form of multiple use of solar park areas is the combination with livestock farming. Often solar parks also serve as sheep pasture. Photovoltaics can therefore be combined with livestock farming, the production of hay, or mulch build-up – all delivering the protection and promotion of biodiversity. It’s even possible to establish food production – Agri-PV -on the same area. Read more on our Agri-PV webpage. 

  • How important is ground-mounted PV for the success of the energy transition?

    To make the global energy transition a reality, large-scale ground-mounted solar parks are vital for the supply of reliable, predictable volumes of renewable electricity.  Large-scale ground-mounted PV systems ensure that there will always be enough renewable energy for households, business and industry, able to meet growing demand 24-7. Thanks to advances in battery and hydrolysis technology.

  • What is the potential of large-scale ground-mounted solar parks globally?

    We need only 0.3% of the global land area to build solar parks that would meet all our global energy needs – less than the current land footprint of fossil fuel infrastructure. More land is currently being taken up to extract and process coal resources that added 34 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere last year.

  • What has to be considered when planning a PV plant on an open space?

    For a project developer, it is important to observe local regulations and to coordinate closely with the community from the very beginning. For us at BayWa r.e., it is important to involve the local population and nature conservation authorities in the planning process as early as possible in order to create added value for everyone involved. With our projects, we want to protect both the climate and biodiversity while strengthening the region economically. A decentralized energy transition must be supported by the general population – which is why we are increasingly relying on local support.

Services

At BayWa r.e. we manage and maintain over 10 GW of solar, wind and bioenergy assets across the world. We provide every level of service to ensure your projects achieve their highest potential.
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Energy Solutions

We help businesses all over the world to find their own renewable energy solution. We help to enable them to unlock energy from renewable sources.
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Solar Distribution

We work with installers across the globe to support the delivery of domestic and commercial solar projects. With our global expertise and reach we make sure that your project is a success.
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Services

At BayWa r.e. we manage and maintain over 10 GW of solar, wind and bioenergy assets across the world. We provide every level of service to ensure your projects achieve their highest potential.
Find out more

Energy Solutions

We help businesses all over the world to find their own renewable energy solution. We help to enable them to unlock energy from renewable sources.
Find out more

Solar Distribution

We work with installers across the globe to support the delivery of domestic and commercial solar projects. With our global expertise and reach we make sure that your project is a success.
Find out more

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