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july 14, 2020 - OMV Group

OMV and VERBUND begin construction on Austria’s largest area photovoltaic plant

  • Savings of around 10,000 metric tons of CO2 per year
  • Plant to produce annual power consumption of around 4,400 households
  • Start-up planned for fourth quarter of 2020

OMV, the international, integrated oil and gas company headquartered in Vienna, and #verbund, Austria's leading electricity company and one of the largest hydropower producers in Europe, began construction today on the largest area photovoltaic plant in #austria. The construction start was attended by #elisabethkostinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions & Tourism, #stephanpernkopf, Deputy of the Federal Governor of Lower #austria, #rainerseele, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of #omv, #johannpleininger, Executive Board member for Upstream and Deputy Chairman of #omv, #wolfganganzengruber, Chairman of the Management Board of #verbund, and #michaelstrugl, Deputy Chairman of #verbund, at the #omv site in Schönkirchen-Reyersdorf, Lower #austria.

On a 13.3-hectare (133,200 m²) compound owned by #omv, a photovoltaic plant with a PV capacity of 11.4 MWp will be built in Schönkirchen in the first phase of construction. The east-west facing solar park will use 34,600 PV modules to produce around 10.96 GWh of solar power, corresponding to the annual electricity consumption of some 3,400 households and saving around 8,000 metric tons of CO2. Start-up is planned for the end of November 2020.

The final phase of construction will see another 10,400 PV modules added to the plant. This will increase the total capacity to 14.85 MWp, generating around 14.25 GWh. This is enough to meet the annual power demand of 4,400 households and will save an additional 2,400 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Agriculture, Regions & Tourism: “The expansion of photovoltaics in #austria is central to achieving the Austrian renewable electricity targets. I am particularly pleased that #omv and #verbund are jointly building Austria's largest PV plant and thus supplying also their mining operations in the region with #green electricity.”

Stephan Pernkopf, Deputy of the Federal Governor of Lower #austria: “Lower #austria is successfully supporting the #energy transition for many years already. In doing so, we protect the climate and create jobs in the regions. The construction of the largest PV plant in #austria by #omv and #verbund is a significant milestone in this respect.”

“Together with #verbund, today we are starting construction on Austria’s largest area photovoltaic plant. This will not only contribute to meeting climate targets but will also provide important regional economic impulse in the Weinviertel. Investments like these reflect our resolute commitment to reducing our carbon intensity”, said #rainerseele, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of #omv

“By 2030, 100% of electricity produced in #austria should come from renewable sources”, said #wolfganganzengruber, #verbund Chairman. “With 131 hydropower plants, we are Austria’s largest #energy producer and we intend to grow significantly – also in the field of new renewables. By realizing the largest solar plant in #austria, we are implementing a sustainable economic and environmental agenda and jointly investing in the future of energy”.

This project also strengthens the strategic cooperation between #omv and #verbund. This began in 2017 when #omv took a 40% stake in the e-mobility provider SMATRICS, in which #verbund holds 40% and Siemens 20%. A joint assessment was undertaken of the refining sites in #austria and Germany to increase the quality, safety and security of supply. In the #green hydrogen sector, #omv and #verbund are currently working together on a project called UpHy, which looks at producing hydrogen for use in road vehicles and refinery processes.