German car manufacturer Audi announced it has put into operation Europe’s biggest photovoltaic rooftop installation on two logistics centers at its Hungarian site in Győr.
The solar PV rooftop installation was built as a joint project between Audi and E.ON Hungaria. It covers an area of approximately 160,000 square meters, consists of 36,400 solar cells and provides a peak output of 12 megawatts. It will supply over 9.5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy annually, which is enough to supply around 4,000 households with electricity each year and reduce CO2 emissions by around 6,000 tons.
This solar project makes Audi’s site in Hungary the second of five Audi sites which is now carbon-neutral. Audi’s site in Brussels was the first to achieve carbon neutrality in 2018.
Peter Kössler, board member for production at Audi and chairman of the supervisory commission of AUDI HUNGARIA Zrt. said:
“We have a clear aim: that all Audi sites will have carbon-neutral operation by 2025. By converting our factories to renewable energy, we are making an important contribution to counteracting climate change.”
E.ON Board Member Karsten Wildberger said:
“This project represents in many ways what’s needed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To do so, we need to rebuild the energy systems in urban areas and in the industry toward CO2-neutral systems. I consider the project with our partner Audi to be an important step in our endeavor to create the sustainable energy world of tomorrow and hope that it will be followed by further projects of this kind.”
Source: Press release by Audi and E.ON. Photo credit: © Audi. Photovoltaic system on the roofs of the two logistics halls at Audi Hungaria.