German football team tops league with largest PV array
The German Bundesliga football league's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant has been installed next to the Wirsol-Rhein-Neckar arena in Sinsheim.
Wind and solar company Wircon was commissioned by the Turn-und Sportgemeinschaft (TSG) 1899 Hoffenheim football club to build the 10,000sq m 1MW carport PV system which consists of 4,025 solar panels. The plant provides about two thirds of the power needed by the arena.
Wircon chief executive Dr. Peter Vest said: "In fewer than eight weeks of construction, more than 450 parking spaces were equipped with energy producers."
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim has fitted two other PV plants - one on the roof of the TSG 'Fanhaus' fan shop and one measuring 230sq m at its training and business facilities in Zuzenhausen.
The new installations mean that the Bundesliga league will henceforth provide approximately 1.3m kWh of electricity per year from renewable energy.