Eleven hectares of PV roof solar has been installed in Germany with the project becoming the largest self-consumption solar plant in Europe.

The 8.1MW crystalline rooftop solar plant covers the distribution centre for Pfenning logistics in Heddesheim municipality, south of Frankfurt, with 33,000 modules across two hall complexes.

Dennis Seiberth, president of international large-scale projects business at the project developer Wirsol said: “In this size we usually build solar parks,” and added that Wirsol was ambitious in aiming to realise the plant in four weeks.

The plant was connected on-grid at the end of July as planned and can generate enough power for approximately 1,800 families. 

“We are happy that we can now partially generate electricity by ourselves,” said Karl-Martin Pfenning, owner and managing partner of the Pfenning group. “With the photovoltaic installation we can annually save up to 5, 171 tons of CO2.” 

The building, “multicube rhein-neckar” was recently constructed, and as of 2012 owned by Union Investment. The building has a “flexible” building structure and was pre-certified by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) with the highest award in gold for ecological efficiency.