Audi to Install Europe’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array

21st February 2019

Carmaker Audi has unveiled plans to install a 12MW rooftop solar array across two of its logistics centres in Hungary, in a drive to make the facility’s operations carbon-neutral.

As part of a 25-year partnership with energy firm E.ON, Audi will install solar panels across 160,000 sqm of roof space at its Audi Hungaria plant in Győr.

The photovoltaic (PV) energy array will consist of 35,000 solar cells and is expected to have an annual output of more than 9.5GWh – an amount E.ON claims is equivalent to the annual energy demands of 5,000 Hungarian homes. E.ON has additionally forecast that the array will mitigate the emission of 6,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.

The Audi Hungaria plant is already running on 70% renewable energy, predominantly from geothermal generation. The automotive giant believes the new array will push this proportion past the 100% mark, enabling the facility to run entirely on zero-carbon power.

“Our goal is to have completely CO2-neutral plant operation in the future and with the construction of the solar-cell park, we are now taking a further step to achieve this in terms of power supply,” Audi Hungaria’s chair Achim Heinfling said.

“We are committed to the economical use of resources and therefore want to keep the environmental impact of our production as low as possible.”

Construction for the onsite solar array will begin in August. It is expected to begin generating power in early 2020.

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John Hudson – MD, Boston Renewables – “Jeremy Clarkson’s expression is more than apt. Albeit drivers practising the “Full Audi” would do well to consider their own carbon footprint, at least their car manufacturer is doing its bit! In the post FIT subsidy world for Solar PV, not every business has to install such gigantic arrays. If your business has a year round use for electricity, be it big or small, then Solar PV will be suitable for you. Equipment prices are down, energy costs are up and returns for solar are typically in excess of 15%.”

Boston Renewables offer free site surveys and no obligation quotes for Solar PV arrays. We will make carbon reduction easy for you and we challenge you to not enjoy a reduced energy overhead!

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