Energy company Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) said on Wednesday that it has received a permit to build a 100 MW wind park in Germany’s Lusatia region, making another step in turning the mining area into a green powerhouse.
The permit was issued under the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG).
The Forst-Briesnig II wind park will consist of 17 wind turbines and will be located on the recultivation area of the Jaenschwalde open-pit coal mine, near the town of Forst. The facility will be built by LEAG’s partner EP New Energies GmbH (EPNE), with preparations of the site expected to begin in the next few months.
The wind park is planned to become operational in 2025 and generate about 270,000 MWh of electricity per year. The projected output is equivalent to the annual power consumption of 77,000 households.
Apart from renewable energy generation, the 320-hectares (790.7 acres) area of the wind park will be used for agriculture.
In March, LEAG also received approval to build a 24.8-MWp solar park in Upper Lusatia.
The projects are part of LEAG’s GigawattFactory initiative aimed at transforming the mining region into a green powerhouse. As part of the plan, 7 GW of renewable energy capacity will be installed in Lusatia by 2030, reaching up to 14 GW by 2040. This will be combined with 2 GWh -3 GWh of battery storage capacity and 2 GW of green hydrogen production.