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European Energy has received local approval for a 300 MW solar farm in South Jutland.

Renewable energy developer European Energy continues to build a DKK billion ($ 158 million) solar farm, which it describes as “The largest” installation of its kind in Northern Europe.

The Danish company said it had obtained approval from the local council to build the 300 MW solar photovoltaic project in the municipality of Aabenraa in South Jutland.

The solar park will be installed near future data centers, as well as a major regional transformer station, which provide enough green energy to power 75,000 Danish homes.

Large-scale and large-scale solar PV plants are less common in a densely populated Europe than in other parts of the world, such as the United States, where land limitations are less of an issue. Utilities EnBW is currently building the largest solar park in neighboring southern Denmark, the 187 MW Weesow-Willmersdorf complex north of Berlin.

Construction of the Aabenraa project is expected to start early next year and connection to the grid will take place before the end of 2021.

European Energy CEO Knud Erik Andersen highlighted his “strong cooperation” with local farmers and the municipality of Aabenraa. “Working together to find common ground is absolutely essential for a project of this size to have any chance of success.. “

Throughout the planning process, we have maintained a very constructive dialogue with the municipality, and we have also seen a very constructive approach from the local citizens who will be the future neighbors of the solar park.

Knud Erik Andersen, CEO of European Energy.

The Danish government has set ambitious targets to reduce CO2 emissions by 70% by 2030, which requires significant growth in renewable energy, in part through the expansion of utility-scale solar farms public.

Wind and solar production covered up to 50% of Denmark’s energy demand last year, according to figures from the power grid operator Energinet.