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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.

Lois Vallely

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