Wattner Acquires Largest Rooftop Solar System in Germany

9.2 MW on the Roofs of Opel / Operations to Begin in June

May 12, 2011, 06:29 ET from Wattner AG

COLOGNE, Germany, May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Wattner has contracted the construction of a mega-project: The Cologne-based group with a specialization in solar and infrastructure assets commissioned Germany's largest rooftop solar system on the roofs of the automobile manufacturer Opel, a subsidiary of General Motors, in Ruesselsheim. Five of the company's rooftops will be used to realize a project with a total installed capacity of 9.2 MW (megawatts). The feed-in of that electricity from the rooftops directly into the production facilities means that there will be no energy losses incurred through cable routing. "The project highlights the environmentally conscious and sustainable corporate philosophy of Opel," according to Ulrich Uhlenhut, managing director of Wattner AG.

Wattner commissioned EWT SolServ GmbH, also a partner of Adam Opel AG, with the construction of the installation. Approximately 40,000 solar modules and 500 inverters feed renewable energy directly into Opel's corporate grid.

In Ruesselsheim, approximately 20 million euros will be invested for Wattner funds. Wattner had just secured two more attractive solar parks, with a similarly high combined capacity and investment volume: Fuerstenwalde near Berlin, with a current capacity of 3.15 MW and an investment volume of 6.5 million euros, and the solar power plant in Harbke, Saxony-Anhalt, currently with a capacity of 4.9 MW and an investment of nearly 10 million euros.


Wattner is a leading developer, financier and operator of solar power plants. The company is privately owned; its managing director is Ulrich Uhlenhut. Wattner has a global target pipeline of 500 MW of solar projects by 2012 in countries across Europe, North America and emerging markets. Wattner is the most active fund investor on the German market in the field of solar energy.


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