Test track funded by the National Climate Initiative (NKI)
Svenja Schulze opens Germany's first solar cycle path
Today, in Erftstadt near Cologne, Germany's Federal Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze, inaugurated Germany's first cycle path to be covered with robust photovoltaic modules and powered by solar energy. The electricity generated will illuminate the cycle path, operate the monitoring station and supply other municipal properties.
The approximately 90 meter long and 2.5 meter wide solar path test track is part of the project "Infrastrukturring Liblar - Wandel der Mobilitätsstruktur" (Infrastructure ring Liblar - changing the mobility structure) from the federal competition "Climate Protection by Cycling" of the National Climate Initiative (NKI), which is funded with approximately 784,000 euros. The approximately 200 square metre solar area will be used to produce electricity of around 12 megawatt hours per year.
Since 2016, exemplary investment projects to improve the bicycle traffic situation have been promoted within the framework of the federal competition. In addition to saving greenhouse gas emissions, the aim is to make a contribution to improving the quality of life on site and to encourage imitation nationwide through the exemplary character of the projects. So far, 39 individual and 18 joint projects have been supported throughout Germany with a funding volume of around 87 million euros.