Along with wind and hydropower, solar energy is one of DB's renewable energy sources, making an active contribution to climate protection.
Since 2021, our energy portfolio contains solar-generated electricity from the new Gaarz solar farm near Plau am See in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The 90 hectar solar park supplies green electricity for our trains for 30 years. In the future, Deutsche Bahn will also feed renewable power from a solar farm directly into Germany's rail traction power network. The new solar farm will be built in Wasbek in Schleswig-Holstein on an area measuring the size of around 70 soccer fields.
This is yet another step we are taking in order to continuously increase the proportion of green electricity in our operations. DB is the largest consumer of renewable power in Germany today. The share of renewable energy in DB´s traction current mix already comes to around 62%. This will grow to 80% by 2030. By 2038, all of the traction power used by DB will be 100% green.
Also our roofs already contribute significantly to helping the environment by harnessing the power of the sun and using it to produce clean electricity. Actually a part of our maintenance depots, stations and storage facilities are equipped with solar energy units. Many more solar plants are currently being planned and will be implemented in the coming years.
We have also been providing our investors with land and roof spaces where they can install their own solar panels.