German Enercity completes 2 MW rooftop solar plant in Hannover
Sep 23, 2013 - German municipal utility Enercity said on Friday it has completed the installation of a 2 MW solar plant on the roof of the distribution centre of e-commerce platform Netrada in Hannover, Lower Saxony.
Enercity invested EUR 2.5 million (USD 3.37m) in the rooftop solar project. The plant consists of 7,824 photovoltaic (PV) modules, covering 13,300 square metres (143,160 sq ft) of the rooftop and can provide electricity to over 500 households. AS Solar supplied the PV modules for the plant.
According to Enercity, also known as Stadtwerke Hannover, this is the biggest rooftop solar installation in the Hannover region. The company has concentrated on expanding wind and biomass power but also invests in solar energy projects, Harald Noske, Enercity's technical director, said.
Enercity supplies electricity, gas, heating and drinking water to 650,000 people in the Hannover region. The utility has tripled its solar installations since 2012 and expects total annual solar power output of 2.76 GWh.