On-site solar power to the people

A German on-site solar photovoltaic system represents a new business model for the nation’s solar industry, its proponents say.

The solar plant in Sachsen-Anhalt, with a total capacity of over 160 kWp, consists of three PV systems installed on the rooftops of apartment buildings belonging to a local housing association. The system was developed and built by Engynious Clean Power using solar modules from Hanwha Q Cells.

Residents can purchase shares in the solar plant through an energy cooperative, Helionat, which says it aims to promote the use of renewable energy within the region using local technology where possible.

‘With this PV project, we’re demonstrating that new business models and quality work can still function successfully in Germany,’ said Dr Ted Scheidegger, chairman at the Engynious Group.

‘We’re very pleased that our products are being used locally and for the benefit of our region. What’s more, it’s being done as part of a pathbreaking new business model for the solar industry in Germany,’ said Ralf Wirth, key account director for German-speaking countries at Hanwha Q Cells.à‚ 

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