19 July 2012
Centrosolar announced the completion of a 1MW system together with the Stadtwerke TrierEnergy cooperative, bringing the city of Trier, Germany closer to realising its target of meeting 50% of the city's energy needs with renewables by 2020.
All components used to build the system were sourced from Germany, and the system consists of over 4,000 Centrosolar panels and represents an important step for the region in its transition to renewable energies. A total of €1.7 million was invested in this project.
The system faces south from atop the Petrisberg mountain in Trier. As the former site of a gravel quarry, this area was deemed unsuitable for residential use due to ground contamination. The 1 MWp system will generate around 1MW hours of power each year. This is enough to cover the annual power needs of over 250 sample households with a projected average consumption of 3,500 kWh. The 3.4 hectare area belongs to the city of Trier.