German automobile manufacturer, Audi has collaborated with European energy supplier, E.ON in building a solar energy park on the roofs of the two logistics centres of Audi’s Hungaria plant in Győr covering about 160,000 sq m. This will create Europe’s largest photovoltaic (PV) system installed on a building. It will have a peak output of 12 MW. Construction work will start in August 2019 and renewable energy generation will start at the beginning of next year.
As part of the joint project with E.ON Hungaria, Audi is providing the roof areas of the two logistics centres, each with about 80,000 sq m, for the construction of the solar energy park. This is where the largest solar plant in Europe installed on a roof is being built. E.ON will put the park into operation, consisting of 35,000 solar cells, and will continue to operate it, with an annual output of more than 9.5 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity. This corresponds to the annual energy requirements of 5,000 households. With green electricity from regenerative sources, about 6,000 tonnes less carbon dioxide will be released into the air.
“We are working consistently towards greater sustainability along the entire value chain,” said Peter Kössler, Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics at Audi, adding that the project is consistent to the company’s target of making all its production sites climate neutral by 2030.