KANO-NEW ENERGY | NEWS RELEASE — Divided from the Western part of the town by the River Neisse and, therefore, for a long time also by the Iron Curtain, Gubin is today a symbol of German-Polish renewable energy cooperation thanks to a PV plant.

Formerly it was one town, but following the reorganisation after the war, two were made out of it: The left half of old Gubin became the German town in the region of Lusatia, whereas the right half was allocated to Poland.

In 2014, the 1.8 MW Elektrownia Fotowoltaiczna Gubin photovoltaic plant turned the Polish town into the home of Poland’s largest solar power installation. Smart Green Systems Sp z o.o built the plant.

In order to feed the energy generated by about 7,000 REC 260 PE modules into the grid with as little effort as possible, the installers decided to rely on 30 of the well-known, economic Powador 60.0 TL3 XL solar PV inverters.

After all, the XL version includes the string collector with string fuse and surge protection. Owing to the soft ground on the damp terrain near the flood area of the River Neisse, Smart Green Systems also took the opportunity of hanging the inverters on a rack underneath the modules.

Messrs. Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyczne Gubin Sp z o.o., the operators, are expecting an annual yield of 1,500 MWh, which roughly corresponds to the electricity requirements of 800 households – which, incidentally, also demonstrates how economically our neighbours use electricity. Even if 1.8 MW does not appear very much in comparison to the former photovoltaic hot spots, it still supplies a good 10% of the population of Gubin with solar power – and not many towns can make claim to that!

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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