Menold Bezler advises the municipal authorities of Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim on public procurement procedures

Construction to begin on Germany’s largest solar-thermal energy plant

With a total collection area of approx. 14,800 square meters, the Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim GmbH (SWLB) municipal authorities are building the largest open-air solar-thermal plant in Germany. The municipal climate protection model project “SolarHeatGrid”, which is expected to cost around Euro 13 million, is to be completed by May 2020. On completion, the plant will be able to achieve a solar heat output of approx. 5.500 MWh per year under optimal conditions. Combined with other measures in the development project, SWLB hopes to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by around 3,700 tonnes per year.

Danish company Arcon Sunmark, an expert in large-scale solar-thermal plants, won the Europe-wide procurement procedure carried out by SWLB for the planning and construction of the solar thermal energy plant.

Menold Bezler provided SWLB with comprehensive advice on procurement, construction and real estate law throughout the planning and implementation of the procurement procedure for the construction of the solar thermal plant. Additional Europe-wide tendering procedures required to realise the project, such as the planning of the thermal stores and the pipeline construction, were also overseen by Menold Bezler.

Advisors to Stadtwerke Ludwigsburg-Kornwestheim GmbH: Menold Bezler (Stuttgart): Dr. Karsten Kayser (lead), Manuel Zimmermann (both procurement), Ulrich Eix (construction law), Dr. Steffen Kircher, LL.M. (real estate)

Experts: Dr. Karsten Kayser, Dr. Steffen Kircher, LL.M., Felix Wolfrum

Areas of practice: Public Procurement, Law of the Public Sector and Public Sector Companies, Building and architectural law, Energy Law

Sectors and Solutions: Public Services, Energy