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High-efficiency PV systems on unused bodies of water

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Floating-PV – an innovative approach for the mitigation of land-use conflicts

Floating-PV systems on unused bodies of water – from redundant open cast mines and mineral extraction pits to reservoirs – can make an important contribution to the green energy revolution, avoiding the use of land in residential and agricultural areas for the development of renewable sources of energy. 

BayWa r.e. is a global leader in the Floating-PV industry: we have already built and successfully connected 15 floating solar farms to the grid - a total capacity of 230 MWp. With our own innovative Floating-PV solution, we are your partner of choice!

Are you the owner of an unused body of water? We will take care of the entire project lifecycle, from design to construction and commissioning.


More water evaporates from reservoirs than is consumed by humans.

Prof. Eicke Weber, UC Berkeley (ret)

Floating-PV systems from the market leader

Back in 2018, we brought our first Floating-PV project of 2.1 MWp on the water. As early as 2020, we built the floating solar park Bomhofsplas (Netherlands), which comprises a capacity of 27.4 MWp and back then was the largest Floating-PV plant outside China.

Since then, we have surpassed this success again and continue to hold the record of the largest Floating-PV projects outside Asia with the solar plant Uivermeertjes (29.8 MWp), as well as the 41.4 MWp project Sellingen. See all our references in Europe here

In the meantime, we have successfully constructed and connected to the grid several floating solar parks with a total capacity of 200 MWp.

Key Facts

15 Floating-PV farms...

...commissioned by BayWa r.e. globally

230 MWp capacity....

...installed by BayWa r.e. globally

Our expertise

As a full service provider, we handle everything from project development, planning, procurement, financing and turnkey construction, right through to commissioning and operational management. 

  • Planning and technical consulting 
  • Reporting and analysis 
  • Project development incl. procurement of all necessary permits 
  • Procurement of components from proven partners
  • Turnkey construction 
  • Financing 
  • Power purchase agreements (PPAs) 

You are looking for a professional EPC provider for your own floating solar project? We can also help you here:

Günther Obermaier
Head of Sales (3rd Party) EPC EMEA
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

Our certified Floating-PV solution

Having determined that there was no Floating PV system on the market that met our requirements and standards, BayWa r.e. developed a new substructure together with the renowned technology experts Zimmermann PV-Stahlbau GmbH. Find out more here.

In 2020 received the Innovation Award for our innovative total Floating PV solution from pv magazine.

Do you have an unused body of water?

We are interested in suitable unused bodies of water (e.g. decommissioned opencast coal and sand quarries, reservoirs) with a minimum area of approx. 10 ha.


  • Green electricity is produced on the unused water surface
  • The owner receives a secure lease payment for at least 20 years
  • The owner does not take any risk and does not have to make any investments
  • By covering the water surface, water evaporation is minimised (especially relevant for hydro and pumped storage power plants)
    Innovation Award of the pv magazine for our overall Floating-PV solution
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