E.on to build Europe's largest rooftop PV plant for Audi

The Audi logistics centre in Győr, Hungary, today and in the future. Source: E.on

February 15 (Renewables Now) - German utility E.on SE (ETR:EOAN) will execute a 12-MWp rooftop solar project in Hungary for carmaker Audi AG (ETR:NSU), the parties announced today.

E.on will install about 35,000 solar panels on the roofs of the two logistics centres of Audi Hungaria’s plant in Gyor. The system will cover some 160,000 sq m (1.72 million sq ft) and, according to E.on, will be Europe’s largest photovoltaic (PV) installation on top of a building.

Construction is seen to start in August 2019 and be finalised in early 2020. Upon completion, the solar park will generate over 9.5 GWh of electricity per year.

“Approximately 70 percent of Audi Hungaria’s heat requirements are already covered by climate-neutral, geothermal energy. Our goal is to have completely CO2-neutral plant operation in the future,” said Achim Heinfling, chairman of the board of management of Audi Hungaria.

Peter Koessler, board of management member for production and logistics at Audi AG, added that the group aims for all its production sites to be climate neutral by 2030.

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