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Harsh cuts to the German feed-in tariff appear not to have deterred Centrosolar. The company has completed a 1MWp shared project in Trier with the City of Trier, Bürgerservice GmbH and the Trierer Energiegenossenschaft (Trier Energy Cooperative) costing €1.7 million. All components used to build the system were sourced from Germany. This system consists of over 4,000 Centrosolar panels and represents an important step for the region in its transition to renewable energies.
The 3.4 hectare former gravel quarry, atop the Petrisberg mountain, is estimated to be able to generate 3,500kWh, powering an average of 250 households.
'The provision of the transition area on the Petrisberg mountain demonstrates the city's sincere interest in climate protection and the transition to renewable energies. I am particularly excited about the public participation that is happening thanks to the Trierer Energiegenossenschaft,' says Simone Kaes-Torchiani, deputy and chief planning officer. SchoEnergie, based in Föhren, near Trier, managed to install and finish the electro-technical wiring of the panels in three weeks.
The PV system on the Petrisberg mountain is the first project of the Trierer Energiegenossenschaft (TRENEG). The goal of this cooperative is to utilize renewable energies in the local economy in order to make an active contribution to climate protection.
'The Trierer Energiegenossenschaft is the engine behind this region's transition to renewable energies. That's why it's important for us to ensure that our systems use powerful, high quality photovoltaic panels produced by well-known German manufacturers. Centrosolar is the right partner for us,' says Marc Steinert, a board member of TRENEG. The group states that people and organizations across Germany can participate in the cooperative project.
The PV system on the Petrisberg mountain brings the city of Trier closer to realizing the city council's target of covering half of the city's energy needs using renewables by 2020.