GP JOULE connects two solar power stations on Sardinia to the grid

Reussenköge (Germany) / Iglesias (Italy), 28 August 2012 – Within a few short weeks of building, German power plant project developer GP JOULE ( has realized two solar power plants in the one-megawatt (MWp) class on Sardinia and connected them to the grid. The plants, run by a joint operating company, were built on a total area of 3.5 hectares on the edge of Iglesias, a commune in the island’s southwest. Marking its entrance into the Italian photovoltaics market and its plans to expand throughout the southern European region, particularly in the PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) sector, it is a project of great strategic significance for GP JOULE. Just two months ago, GP JOULE put a PV power plant into operation in the Lot-et-Garonne department that, with 40 MWp, is one of France’s largest such facilities.

The north German project developer acts as general contractor and co-investor for the two plants in Carbonia-Iglesias province and is responsible for their technical operations. Building these plants involved the installation of a total of 8,300 Solarworld SW 240 modules. The four central inverters were made by SMA (Type SC 630 HE), the substructure erected by long-standing GP JOULE partner HABDANK. Together the plants produce CO2-free power for around 1,000 Italian households.

“The two solar power plants in Italy see us continuing our vigorous involvement in southern Europe,” says GP JOULE’s CEO Ove Petersen. “The expansion of our PPA business in this region places our dealings on a broader, long-term and less volatile basis. Our goal is to expand our service portfolio by a further pillar and in this way to further our independence from future developments in our home market of Germany.”

In keeping with its guiding principle of “Profiting with energy,” GP JOULE designs and carries out projects for the utilization of sustainable energy sources. Co-founders and agricultural engineers Ove Petersen and Heiner Gärtner aim to combine the interests of land use and profitability in creating exciting and profitable opportunities to invest in renewables. In addition to solar energy, wind energy and biomass, GP JOULE’s Future Strategies division delivers comprehensive sustainable-energy solutions and is extensively involved in researching new technologies. The company now operates from four locations in northern and southern Germany and from two international locations in the U.S. and Canada. It is headquartered in Reussenköge.