Holy orders: Vatican gets on-site solar

The first solar power plant for the Vatican has been completed. Located next to St. Peter’s Cathedral, the 2394 solar modules are on the roof of the Papal audience hall.

The solar power plant on the roof of the Paolo VI audience hall has a peak output of 221.59 kW, enough to generate some 300 MWh annually.

The PV plant, a gift from manufacturers SolarWorld AG, was blended into the historical ensemble of Vatican City, the company says.

The inverters were donated by SMA Solar Technology and the grid connection was planned by the Italian company Tecno Spot.

The contact for the implementation of the project in the Vatican came though the Catholic Community in the Bad Godesberg Rhine Quarter.

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