Germany: Gehrlicher completes 4 rooftop PV systems

The project is comprised of four systems, spread across different sites belonging to Seydaland Vereinigte Agrarbetriebe GmbH & Co. KG, in the administrative district of Wittenberg. Covering an area of 30,957 square meters, they were unveiled to the public on May 1, 2011 during an open house event.

The systems, which were grid connected between August and December 2010, are located at Seydaland’s administration site as well as on the roofs of the company’s warehouse, production hall and barns in Seyda. The company both owns and operates them.

Overall, the project generates around 2.2 million kilowatt hours of solar electricity annually, which can satisfy the needs of roughly 630 three-person households.

Jens Fromm, CEO of Seydaland comments: "As a company that stands for sustainable agriculture, it is very important to us to contribute our part in supplying electricity generated from renewable sources. We have therefore decided to operate photovoltaic systems alongside biogas plant."

According to Steffen Licht, Head of the Rooftop Business Unit at Gehrlicher Solar, this project illustrates the large potential that photovoltaic systems continue to have in Germany: "Many agricultural businesses dispose of huge roof areas that are especially well-suited for photovoltaic electricity generation."