8.1 MW, consisting of 33,000 pieces of solar panels and occupying 11 hectares of roof space, of grid-connected photovoltaic system has been installed in Germany with the project becoming the largest self-consumption solar plant in Europe.
The system is built on top of the distribution centre for Pfenning Logistics in the Heddesheim municipality, south of Frankfurt. The system was connected to the grid at the end of July and can generate enough power for approximately 1,800 families.
Dennis Seiberth, president of international large-scale projects at the project development company Wirsol, said: “In this size we usually build solar parks.” He added that Wirsol was ambitious in its aims to build the plant in four weeks.
“We are happy that we can now partially generate electricity by ourselves,” said Karl-Martin Pfenning, owner and managing partner of the Pfenning group. “With the photovoltaic installation we can annually save up to 5,171 tons of CO2.”