Solar power from the rooftops

Photovoltaic plant covering 16,000 m² of hall roof space comes on line.

Aschaffenburg, 30 September 2010 - In the spot where the Bayernwerk was still burning coal to produce electricity 10 years ago, a new photovoltaic plant with a capacity of almost one megawatt has now been launched. Other plants of its kind are set to follow.

This represents another step towards drawing energy entirely from alternative sources, after Bioenergie Aschaffenburg GmbH set up a biomass cogeneration plant at the site. While the companies Nate Vermögensverwaltung- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Spedition DSV Road GmbH and Internet retailer redcoon GmbH use the halls every day to distribute goods, the buildings' roofs are now being used to turn sunlight into electrical energy for the local grid. The total installed capacity of the photovoltaic plant is 960 kWp. In other words, enough power to continuously supply around 250 households with electricity on average.

This is set to reduce emissions by around 750 tons of CO2 every year. "This is around the same amount of gas required to fill 400 large moored balloons," explains Martin Flossmann, managing director of Pfungstadt-based ESD-Energiesysteme Deutschland GmbH. ESD was responsible for planning and implementing the project. Around 21,000 parts were installed on 16,000 m2 of roof over 2,200 working hours, with more than 2.7 million euros invested in the project.

ESD and bayernhafen Aschaffenburg are trying to find more companies in the port area with suitable (roof) areas in order to make a joint contribution to the use of renewable energies. For the construction of the next system on 13,000 m2 roof of environmentally certified Teamlog GmbH installers are already about to start.

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