Borealis and VERBUND erect new photovoltaic park to supply power to Borealis operations in Schwechat, Austria
Photo: The new array in Schwechat follows Linz, also in Austria, as the second solar facility erected jointly by Borealis and VERBUND.
- New Schwechat array follows Linz, Austria, as the second solar facility erected jointly by Borealis and VERBUND
- Schwechat photovoltaic (PV) facility moves Borealis closer to goal of sourcing 100% of energy used in own operations from renewables
- Central aim of expanding PV capacity in Austria supported by cross-sector partnerships established jointly by VERBUND and Borealis
Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and sustainable polyolefin solutions and a European front-runner in polyolefin recycling; and VERBUND, Austria’s leading energy company and one of the largest producers of hydroelectricity in Europe, announce the installation of a new photovoltaic (PV) array in Schwechat, Austria. The new PV park, which will supply power to Borealis operations on site, is the second to have been jointly planned and implemented by the two companies. The output provided by the new facility moves Borealis closer to its aim of sourcing 100% of the electricity used in its own operations from renewable sources by the year 2030. The new joint project realised by Borealis and VERBUND is clear evidence of the companies’ shared commitment to investing in a more environmentally friendly energy future.
Adding solar power to the Schwechat energy mix
The new solar PV park is located on an industrial plot at Borealis production operations in Schwechat. The construction phase began in May 2022, with completion anticipated by the end of the year; energy supply should commence soon thereafter. Covering a surface area of around 75,000 square meters, the new array will be composed of approximately 10,220 individual PV modules, each with a nominal power (peak power) of 460 watt-peak (Wp). Combined, the total installed power of the park is projected to reach around 4.7 megawatt-peak (MWp), with an annual energy yield of around 5.6 gigawatt hours (GWh). This is roughly comparable to the amount of energy consumed annually by 1,400 Austrian households. The entire energy output supplied by the new solar PV park will be used for Borealis production operations. The amount of renewable energy generated will reduce the annual CO2 emissions of this location by nearly 1,200 tons.
“Our partnership with VERBUND allows us to do our part in expanding photovoltaic capacity in Austria, a crucial step in implementing a more sustainable energy agenda for the country as a whole,” says Thomas Gangl, Borealis CEO. “With a current total of three solar PV projects and multiple wind power purchase agreements across Europe, Borealis is making real progress towards realising our goal of sourcing 100% of electricity used in our own production operations from renewable energy sources by 2030 – this underpins how Borealis is re-inventing essentials for sustainable living.”
“We have to act decisively and immediately, and we must cooperate if we want to successfully manage the energy transition from a fossil fuel-based to a renewable-based system,” says Michael Strugl, VERBUND CEO. “We are proud to announce this further important milestone in our partnership with Borealis. It is projects like this, which help us reach our climate goals and strategic targets.”
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