- Virtually 25 per cent of the electrical energy required at ŠKODA AUTO’s Service and Coaching Centre will probably be coated by CO2-neutral power
- Power is saved in batteries and will be retrieved at any time; the system’s most energy output has been rated at 441 kWp (kilowatts peak)
- Investments quantity to 30 million Czech Korunas with subsidies from the European Union and the Czech Ministry of Business and Commerce’s OPPIK scheme
Mladá Boleslav, 20 November 2020: ŠKODA AUTO has collaborated with ČEZ Solarní, a subsidiary of power providers supplier ČEZ ESCO, and power provider ŠKO-ENERGO, to put in photo voltaic panels on the roofs of its Service Centre in Kosmonosy, close to the corporate’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The panels on the constructing advanced span greater than 2,200 m2 general and can generate over 450 MWh of sustainable power per yr. The brand new photovoltaic modules will thus permit the automotive producer to cowl virtually 25 per cent of its electrical energy necessities in Kosmonosy. That is yet one more measure of the corporate’s GreenFuture technique, the umbrella beneath which ŠKODA AUTO runs all of its environmental actions.
In collaboration with ČEZ Solární, a subsidiary of power providers supplier ČEZ ESCO, ŠKODA AUTO has put in new photo voltaic panels on 5 buildings of its Service Centre in Kosmonosy. Along with these photovoltaic modules on the roofs, the carmaker may also get hold of electrical energy from the newly constructed photo voltaic carport. Your complete set up spans an space of greater than 2,200 m2 and has a rated output of 441 kWp (kilowatts peak). This may produce greater than 450 MWh of renewable power annually. The system will probably be operated by power provider ŠKO-ENERGO, who assisted the implementation of the mission in an advisory capability.
Stanislav Pekař, Head of After Gross sales at ŠKODA AUTO, mentioned: “The brand new photovoltaic system will permit us to cowl 1 / 4 of the electrical energy required at our ŠKODA AUTO Service and Coaching Centre in Kosmonosy with CO2-neutral power. Solar energy will be briefly saved in batteries with a capability of 570 KWh and may thus be known as up from there at any time, for instance to cost electrical autos.”
Vlastimil Vyskočáni, ČEZ ESCO’s Gross sales Director, added:
“An rising variety of producers in Europe and across the globe are beginning to produce their very own eco-friendly power. And the Czech Republic is now additionally following this development. Progressive corporations akin to ŠKODA AUTO have gotten increasingly curious about CO2-neutral options and, with their very own solar-power rooftop set up, they’ll ensure that their firm makes use of clear electrical energy. Virtually any roof that faces south, east or west can be utilized for photo voltaic panels.”
Along with the photovoltaic modules and the storage batteries, the brand new solar-power rooftop set up additionally contains lightning conductors, a hearth detector system, and the corresponding wiring, in addition to low-voltage units and a back-up energy provide unit for ŠKODA AUTO’s information community. The investments made within the solar-power system quantity to round 30 million Czech korunas (roughly 1.1 million euros). Sixty per cent of this quantity is roofed by subsidies from the European Union in addition to an OPPIK grant, a scheme run by the Czech Ministry of Business and Commerce to help improvements that promote the competitiveness of corporations within the Czech Republic.
The carmaker additionally makes use of photovoltaics in different areas. In November 2019, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Non-public Restricted commissioned one in every of India’s largest solar-power rooftop installations at its plant in Pune. The Czech firm runs all of its environmental actions beneath the umbrella of its GreenFuture technique, which is split into three subcategories: GreenProduct focuses on the event of eco-friendly powertrains and the usage of recyclable supplies in vehicles, GreenRetail promotes environmentally pleasant operations at ŠKODA AUTO’s dealerships and workshops, and GreenFactory includes all the actions that assist to preserve assets throughout manufacturing. ŠKODA AUTO’s biennial sustainability report supplies an in depth overview of the corporate’s present initiatives and actions in sustainability.
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