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Centrosolar partners DCM Solarfonds 3 to build multiple large-scale solar energy systems

Following the successful closing of the first solar fund launched by DCM in 2007, Centrosolar Group AG has once again become project partner for the DCM Solarfonds 3. The special feature of this solar fund is that investors are investing not in a single solar park, but in a number of solar facilities at various locations.

The DCM Solarfonds 3 is designed to finance 9 selected large-scale solar energy systems for ALDI logistics centres in Germany, with a total capacity of around 8 MWp and scheduled to go on-grid in the course of this year.

As well as DCM, Centrosolar and Pohlen Bedachungen GmbH, the Centrosolar / Pohlen joint venture Centroplan GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute will be involved in the solar project.

Centrosolar will be taking charge of selecting and supplying the solar modules as well as other components such as converters and substructures.

Centroplan is responsible for project planning and administrative matters, and the Pohlen Group for the installation of the systems. DCM Deutsche Capital Management AG, the investment bank, is managing the solar investment fund and taking charge of its marketing in its capacity.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE will be in charge of quality assurance of the solar facilities. The same team already collaborated successfully on the DCM Solarfonds 1 and constructed large-roof solar energy systems in Germany whose feed-in rates are ahead of scheduled results.

The 9 flat roofs, selected according to effectiveness criteria and measuring around 250,000 m2 in total, are on logistics centres taken on lease from Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord. Pohlen Bedachungen will take charge of maintaining the roofs for the next 20 and 25 years respectively. The revival of the partnership reflects both renewed interest in externally financed large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects and the expertise of the partners in this venture.

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