LEAG seeks permit for 24-MW wind project in northeast Germany

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July 29 (Renewables Now) - German energy company Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) is seeking a permit to set up a 24-MW wind park in the region of a former lignite mine in Lusatia, northeast Germany.

An application was filed with Brandenburg's State Agency for the Environment on July 22, LEAG said on Thursday.

The wind park with four turbines will be built near the Cottbuser Ostsee -- an artificial lake under development on the grounds of the former open-pit lignite mine Cottbus-Nord where LEAG is already working on a 21-MW floating photovoltaic (PV) project. Each of the wind turbines will be 250 m high and have a capacity of 6 MW.

The wind farm is expected to be capable of generating about 60,000 MWh of green electricity which is equal to the power consumption of about half of the households in the city of Cottbus.

LEAG's partner and project developer EP New Energies GmbH (EPNE) will build the wind farm. EPNE plans to complete the facility in about three years after a detailed approval process.

The wind park and the 21-MW floater are part of a plan to create a carbon-neutral area around the Cottbus-Ostsee lake which includes also a lake thermal power plant. The project will also deliver green electricity for the first hydrogen filling station in Cottbus that will deliver fuel for the public transport.

LEAG is working on several renewable energy initiatives in Lusatia including a plan for a 300-MW solar park on the recultivation area of the Welzow-Sued opencast mine and a project for a 200-MWp solar plant in the Dissen-Striesow municipality.

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