OMV and VERBUND begin construction on photovoltaic plant

OMV and VERBUND begin construction on photovoltaic plant

OMV and VERBUN, began construction today on the largest area photovoltaic plant in Austria. The construction start was attended by Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions & Tourism, Stephan Pernkopf, Deputy of the Federal Governor of Lower Austria, Rainer Seele, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV, Johann Pleininger, Executive Board member for Upstream and Deputy Chairman of OMV, Wolfgang Anzengruber, Chairman of the Management Board of VERBUND, and Michael Strugl, Deputy Chairman of VERBUND, at the OMV site in Schönkirchen-Reyersdorf, Lower Austria.

On a 13.3-hectare (133,200 m²) compound owned by OMV, a photovoltaic plant with a PV capacity of 11.4 MWp will be built in Schönkirchen in the first phase of construction. The east-west facing solar park will use 34,600 PV modules to produce around 10.96 GWh of solar power, corresponding to the annual electricity consumption of some 3,400 households and saving around 8,000 metric tons of CO2. Start-up is planned for the end of November 2020.

The final phase of construction will see another 10,400 PV modules added to the plant. This will increase the total capacity to 14.85 MWp, generating around 14.25 GWh. This is enough to meet the annual power demand of 4,400 households and will save an additional 2,400 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions & Tourism: “The expansion of photovoltaics in Austria is central to achieving the Austrian renewable electricity targets. I am particularly pleased that OMV and VERBUND are jointly building Austria’s largest PV plant and thus supplying also their mining operations in the region with green electricity.”

Source / More information : OMV

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