State Germany
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Thuringia
District level (LAU1) Weimarer Land
Municipality (LAU2) Saaleplatte
Connection to traffic network Proximity to highway A4: 20 km
Proximity to highway A9: 23 km

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • Renaturation of the brownfield was impossible in cause of high effort
  • was declared as a priority area for wind power in the regional masterplan
  • status as conversion area made it possible to build an solar array
  • currently 23 wind power station at work, possibility to build up more

Brief description of site and current use

Until 1988 the National People´s Army (NVA) deployed a missile base with strategic importance close by the town Eckolstädt. With the opening of the inner-German borders the missile base became redundant und was closed down.

On the side were erected high rise bunkers and underground pillboxes by the NVA. Due to this the expenditure and spending of renaturating the ca. 100 ha large territory was not reasonable. But it was realistic to locate an onshore wind farm, inasmuch as the territory was declared as a priority area for wind power in the regional masterplan.

The average wind occurrence (Windhöffigkeit) at this location exceeded the lower limit of 185 W/m2. The area had no bearing on ecological balance, scenery (Overall appearance of the landscape), transport system and infrastructure. As it is a conversion area it was also possible to build up a 32 ha large photovoltaic array which has an capability of 8,82 MWp. The project was completed 2008.

Until the year 2011 more wind power stations were erected. Currently 23 wind power stations are situated on the area and there is the possibility to raise more.

Original use – basic description

Original use Former military site
Area 100 ha
Type of site military site

Current state – basic description

Current use Wind farm and solar park
% of built-up area 100%
State of Environment After complete decontamination
New use from 2008
Total costs min. 50 Mio.€ für PV und WEA
Owner of site Beck Energy, Kolitzheim

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site Beck Energy, Kolitzheim
Local public administration

Municipality of Saaleplatte

Im Unterdorf 110

OT Wormstedt

99510 Saaleplatte
Investors participating at redevelopment None
NGOs Beck Energy, Kolitzheim

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