Developing its business rapidly all over Germany, GP JOULE grows especially in the field of photovoltaics, with numerous free-standing plants being built. A highlight of the year is the inauguration of the Ammerland solar park near Oldenburg – with 40 MWp, it is the first major milestone in the young company’s development as a general contractor in EPC and power plant construction. At the same time, GP JOULE's largest single project to date is underway in Lusatia: a free-standing PV plant with a total output of 140 MWp is installed under the direction of GP JOULE on a former slag heap belonging to a local open-cast lignite mine. At the time it is the largest of its kind in Germany, with 70 MWp. Even back then, GP JOULE was ahead of its time in generating energy from the sun rather than from lignite.
The same applies to the company’s international growth strategy: GP JOULE acquires projects in France and Italy and starts its first activities in those countries. And that’s not all: the first delicate “GPJOULE seed” is planted in California. And another innovation highlights the future spirit of the energy pioneers. The miniJOULE – the first ever DIY solar system – initiates the democratisation of energy production with “do-it-yourself electric power”.