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Tuesday | August 11 | 2020

Vienna: Solar power meets the energy needs of all households in Josefstadt

From January to the end of June 2020, Wien Energie generated more solar energy than ever before. Austria’s largest solar power generator increased its production by almost 60 percent year-on-year to 13,800 megawatt hours.

The increase is mainly due to the dedicated photovoltaic expansion programme of Wien Energie.

27 turbines with around 16 megawatts have been built since the beginning of the year alone or are currently in implementation.

But the weather also played a part in this spring: In particular, May 2020 lived up to its name as a sunny month, almost every day the facilities here ran at peak performance.

2030: Solar energy to power 250.000 households

Wien Energie currently operates around 230 photovoltaic plants, 27 of which are citizen solar power plants. The installed capacity is just under 50 megawatts.

This corresponds to an expanded area of around 750.000 square metres or more than 100 football pitches. More than 80 percent of the plants are currently on roof surfaces.

By 2030, Wien Energie aims to generate solar power with an output of 600 megawatts. This means that 250.000 households or two cities such as Graz and Linz can be supplied together.

The company will spend half a billion euros on this over the next ten years.

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