TeraPlast put into operation the first solar power unit installed by the subsidiary of German E.ON in Romania. The panels on the manufacturer’s production halls and buildings will satisfy 11% of its electricity demand and the construction of two more photovoltaic facilities is underway.
E.ON Energie România said it completed the construction of one of the largest roof-mounted photovoltaic power generation systems in the country, within the partnership concluded with the Bistrița-based company TeraPlast. The investment was worth EUR 1.9 million.
More than seven thousand modules were installed on production halls and buildings together with 30 inverters and 55,000 meters of cables. The solar power plant in TeraPlast Industrial Park meets 11% of the consumption of the PVC plastics producer and processor, translating to carbon dioxide savings of 660 tons per year, according to the announcement.
TeraPlast boosting sustainability
Chief Executive Officer of TeraPlast Alexandru Stânean said the earlier investment in its recycling operations enabled the reduction of the carbon footprint by 16,000 tons per year and that the photovoltaic facility built by E.ON is a step in its strategy to increase sustainability. “If just 30% of companies that own industrial halls adopt this model, our country would become a net exporter of energy,” he added.
Stânean: If just 30% of companies with industrial halls installs photovoltaic units, Romania would become a net exporter of energy
The unit located in the north of Transilvania has a maximum direct current capacity of 1.94 MW and 1.6 MW in alternating current. It includes a remote monitoring system.
The strategic partnership was established in 2018 with the option to extend its scope by another EUR 4 million. At the time, the solar power plant’s annual output was projected at 2.2 GWh.
E.ON leans on turnkey solutions
E.ON is already implementing another photovoltaic project with TeraPlast in Bistrița and one more in Băicoi, in central Romania. Last month it announced a deal with tissue paper producer Don Pedro for a turnkey rooftop solar facility of 615 kW in Vâlcea county. The investment is worth EUR 630,000.
Also in July, E.ON launched a service in three Romanian regions for household customers who wish to become prosumers. The company said it would install and maintain solar panels, charge fixed rates and buy excess electricity.