Conergy to install 1MW power plant in Greece

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Conergy has announced the construction of, what it is claiming to be, the largest industrial roof-mounted installation in Greece. The system provider will be installing the 1MW power plant on around 47,000 square metres on the factory roof of Greek tomato supplier Nomikos A.B.E.K. in Panagia Domokou in the Fthiotida region of central Greece.

Conergy will be responsible for the entire planning process, the engineering and design, construction and component supply.

Conergy will supply 4,000 PowerPlus modules on Conergy SunTop mounts. More than 60 Conergy IPG T inverters will feed around 1.4 million kWh into the Greek electricity grid – enough electricity to supply more than 350 households. At the same time the rooftop installation would avoid more than 1,200 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions, instantly making the red fruit twice as “green”.

Dimitrios Nomikos, president of Nomikos A.B.E.K., comments: “We consider the use of renewable energy as indispensable for the Greek country and economy. Therefore we invested in our new solar power plant. Nevertheless, it was far from simple to get this project off the ground in the current economic climate. That’s where experience and advisory skills are invaluable and so we are convinced that in Conergy we have found the right partner. I would therefore like to thank the Conergy team for their insightful guidance as well as their high professionalism and expertise.”

Despite the continuing financial crisis in Greece, Hellenic Transmission System Operator (HTSO) stated earlier this month that the country installed 535MW of PV capacity in March 2012. This is an increase of 53MW from the beginning of the year.

Experts are forecasting a capacity increase of some 500-700 MW per year for the next few years with an emphasis on medium-size and large-scale systems, the majority of them ground-mounted.

“Conergy is one of the market leaders in Greece and has many years of solid experience in solar power plants of all sizes – both large free-field systems and industrial and private rooftop ones,” said Dr. Stefanos Melissopoulos, managing director at Conergy Greece. “Near the city of Drama, we built what was then the largest solar park in the country with 5MW and now we are installing one of the largest roof-mounted systems. This knowhow is a key advantage for the future, because it enables us to play a part in market growth anywhere, whether on the ground or on the roof, and to profit from the excellent insulation levels.”

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