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Northern Europe’s largest solar roof complete

Pioneering Danish roof-based PV system can power 200 homes

The Danish solar roof has the power consumption equivalent to almost 200 households

Work to build the largest roof-based solar system in Northern Europe is complete. Renewable Energy Corporation (REC), a European supplier of solar modules, has announced the completion of the roof project, which uses the company’s PV technology, in Denmark.

The pioneering roof-based system is located at the headquarters of Topdanmark, a Danish insurance company. Danish company DrivhusEffekten ApS constructed the installation, which has been connected to the grid.

The solar roof has an annual production capacity of 752,000 kWh, which is the equivalent power consumption of almost 200 households. It is also set to be profitable, suiting Denmark’s high retail power costs.

Christian Sagild, CEO, Topdanmark, said: “We have done a thorough analysis of advantages and disadvantages of investing in such a large solar system and concluded that the solution is a good investment for us.

“The environmental benefit is impressive as the company expects to reduce annual carbon emissions by 600 tonnes by using the solar power produced locally. As Denmark has one of the highest retail electricity prices in Europe, the system will quickly be profitable,” he added.

Luc Graré, senior vice president sales and marketing cells & modules, REC Solar, said he sees “promising potential” in the growth of solar in Demark: “With retail electricity prices in Denmark higher than the actual cost of solar systems, we see a promising potential for the Danish solar market,” he said.