Gotha West


State Germany
Regional (NUTS III) hierarchical level Free State of Thuringia
District level (LAU1) Gotha
Municipality (LAU2) Gotha - Sundhausen
Connection to traffic network Proximity to highway A4: 6,6 km

Main factors of successful redevelopment process

  • slight south-facing slope, mostly flat
  • stock with high trees, effort of deforestation low
  • existing transformer station
  • great demand on conversion areas to re-use as solar arrays due to EEG-salaries for WGT-areas
  • inclusion of the area in the solar park land register

Brief description of site and current use

The 50 ha large conversion area WGT III nearby Gotha was revitalized. The area was mostly flat, had a slight south-facing slope and was appropriate for the edification of a solar array. The area was by great measure poverty of the Free State of Thuringia and in some subareas in private property. The owners were willing to cooperate and were interested in developing the brownfield.

To find investors for the brownfield and consolidate interests, the LEG Thüringen worked out a binding site plan. Against this background those issues which could be an obstacle to the project were scoured beforehand. 2009 the LEG Thüringen hold talks with the Thüringer Landesverwaltungsamt TLVwA (administration office of Thüringen) to evaluate the potency of the spatial significance and discussed the environmental impact assessment. The preparatory land use plan showed other intended purposes on this area but was accommodated to the developmental target. Especially the housing area “Güldene Aue” which borders the brownfield and the pilgrimage rout “Pilgerweg Gotha West” had to be taken into consideration.  The necessary partition and creation of visual covers were made. The preservation of the stock of trees was not necessary and the effort for deforestation was small. Western parts of the brownfield were accounted as an ecological compensation area. The solar array was built by Masdar PV, a producer of thin-layered photovoltaic products. The solar array is equipped with 50.000 Masdar PV thin-layer modules. It has a nominal capacity of 11,7 MW and produces 10,8 million kilowatt hours electricity per year. At the beginning of the year 2014 Masdar PV sold the solar array to the Hamburger associated company CEE.

Original use – basic description

Original use Former military area
Area 53,80 ha
Type of site military site

Current state – basic description

Current use Solar array
% of built-up area 100%
State of Environment After demolishing of buildings and decontamination
New use from 2012
Total costs ca. 20 Mio. €
Owner of site The Free State of Thuringia

Contact to stakeholders

Owner of site The Free State of Thuringia
Local public administration Landratsamt Gotha
18.-März-Str. 50
99867 Gotha
Tel. 0 36 21/214-0
Investors participating at redevelopment Masdar PV
NGOs None

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