German businesses ‘could use a surface as large as 10,000 football pitches for photovoltaics’

A space equivalent to 10,000 football pitches is available on the rooftops of supermarkets, logistics halls and retailers – it could host an estimated capacity of 6,750MW

A surface of 90 million square metres could be used by businesses in Germany to install photovoltaic systems.

That’s according to new research by E.ON, which found a space equivalent to 10,000 football pitches is available on the rooftops of supermarkets, logistics halls and retailers – it suggests this are could host a capacity of 6,750MW.

According to the calculations, that amount of panels could replace eight coal-fired power stations.

Karsten Wildberger, E.ON’s Chief Operating Officer and Commercial responsible for customer solutions: “Trade and industry can make a significant contribution to the energy transition with their own climate strategies.

“However, the conversion and operation of energy infrastructure must not be a burden on companies but must be economically viable. The technologies are available. What is now needed is the right legal framework.”

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