A successful year despite all obstacles

Despite the enormous uncertainty that politicians created surrounding the planned reduction in funding at the beginning of the year in relation to PV systems, roof installations took in approximately one third of this year's overall activities of RWenergy. Besides many small rooftop installations on private households, RWenergy built, for example, a PV system on a double gymnasium in Mitterfels with 96 kWp, and the wholesale section of RWenergy sold the complete construction kit for a 386 kWp roof installation in Chammünster.

The commissioning of a PV installation on the north-facing roofs of Rädlinger machinery halls in Windischbergerdorf at the start of the year showed that photovoltaics are not only worthwhile for south-facing roofs. The yield values of north-facing roofs can also be quite impressive.                                              After the easing of the market situation in the third quarter, and the resulting increase in demand, RWenergy expects a good order book for 2013 in the field of rooftop installations, whereby the trend is more likely to be in small systems with private consumption.

In addition to roof installations, RWenergy also implemented a number of open-site systems: In July, the solar park was officially opened on the "An der Schafweide" landfill in Ebersberg, near Munich, which has been disused since the 1980s. A new solar park also opened on an area of 1.5 hectares, very close to the Rädlinger subsidiary in Selbitz. The new plant, consisting of 3,960 solar panels and an annual output of 950 kWp, was commissioned at the end of October.

Autumn saw the launch of a special project in Austria. RWenergy implemented what is currently the largest photovoltaic park in Austria in Neudorf an der Mur. With the installation of 12,000 panels, 125 inverters and three transformer stations, the solar park will generate an output of about 2,880 kWp and an annual CO2 saving of approximately 2,800 kg. The commissioning of the high-duty plant on an area of 5.6 hectares in Styria is planned for the end of the year.

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