Aurubis builds photovoltaic power station in Bulgaria

Photo: BTA Roland Harings, CEO of Aurubis AG - Hamburg

Economy Minister Kiril Petkov (not pictured) on Thursday attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a photovoltaic power station, Aurubis-1, in Zlatitsa. The station will have a capacity of 10 MWh, will generate 11 MWh annually and will be the largest station for own needs in Bulgaria.

“Apart from the large investments that Aurubis has made, it is important to invest in such projects. This is a great first step and - little by little - Bulgarian industry and energy production are becoming greener,” said Minister Petkov.

The event was also attended by Roland Harings, CEO of Aurubis AG - Hamburg.

The project envisages installation of 20,000 photovoltaic panels on 104,000 sq m of reclaimed area. The plant will cover 2.5% of the average electricity consumption of the copper plant, and during peak day hours it will cover up to 12% of its needs. The aim of the Bulgarian plant is to cover 20% of its energy needs through renewable sources in mid-2030 and up to 50% by 2050.

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