Photovoltaic panels already cover an area of over 10,000 square meters. The output is to triple by 2030.
The project of reducing the carbon footprint and own production of electricity has been running at the domestic car company for some time. Towards the end of 2019, the first collaboration between Škoda Auto, ČEZ ESCO and ŠKO-ENERGO focused on solar technologies started. The solar panels that were installed at the Škoda Auto Service Center in Kosmonosy cover an area exceeding 2,200 m² and generate just over 450 MWh of energy every year, which covers almost 17% of the Service Center’s energy needs.
In February 2021, Škoda Auto deepened its partnership with ŠKO-ENERGO and ČEZ ESCO with the vision of building a solar power plant that would consist of a total of 5,468 photovoltaic panels: 3,020 panels would be placed on the Škoda Parts Center logistics building, 1,328 panels on the U6C hall and 1120 panels on hall M12L. These panels should provide a nominal output of 2146 kWp (kilowatt-peak).
In cooperation with the companies ČEZ ESCO and ŠKO-ENERGO, the manufacturer has now launched three rooftop photovoltaic systems in its main factory in Mladá Boleslav and in the Škoda Parts Center logistics hub. The total area of the new solar power plant reaches over 10,000 m², which is equal to more than 15 tennis courts.
Over 5,400 photovoltaic panels plan to generate more than 2 GWh of clean electricity each year in the medium term. With such an amount of energy, it is possible to fully charge around 25,000 Enyaq 85 vehicles.
Chairman of the Board of ČEZ Daniel Beneš says: “At ČEZ, we are working hard on decarbonisation and ensuring the security of energy supplies. Our goal is to install 6 GW of renewable sources by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality in energy production by 2040. As a leading energy company in the Czech Republic, we are committed to supporting private and industrial customers in reducing their carbon footprint. The photovoltaic power plant at the Škoda Auto facilities corresponds perfectly with these goals.”