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Largest photovoltaic power plant in the centre of Prague begins operation

The new photovoltaic power plant on the roof of the Prague Congress Centre, implemented by ENESA from ČEZ ESCO, has begun supplying electricity. With its 2,080 solar panels, this emissions-free electricity source will cover 10 per cent of the annual consumption of the Prague Congress Centre and thus provide estimated annual energy savings of 5.5 million koruna (227,700 euros). The plant, as large as a football pitch, is a complement to one of the largest energy-saving projects in the Czech Republic.

“We had been planning a photovoltaic power plant on our building’s roof for several years. Its implementation is also a logical step as it is directly linked to the comprehensive energy-saving project already successfully underway at the Prague Congress Centre,” said Prague Congress Centre CEO Lenka Žlebková. “Last year, the effectiveness of the implemented measures meant that we actually saved a whole quarter more than we have guaranteed. Generating our own electricity using the photovoltaic power plant on the roof will reduce our energy costs even further and the operation of the building will be even more environmentally friendly.”

“The Prague Congress Centre is an example of a very successful energy-saving project with a guarantee,” added ČEZ ESCO CEO Kamil Čermák. “The photovoltaic power plant on the building roof will reduce energy costs and also the building’s overall carbon footprint. I hope that the effectiveness of this cost-saving project at the Prague Congress Centre will motivate more owners of similar buildings in our cities and municipalities to also consider such cost-saving measures.”

The EPC energy-saving project at the Prague Congress Centre is one of the largest-ever projects of this type in the Czech Republic. The total savings achieved in the seven years the project has been running are equivalent to a reduction in costs for electricity, gas and water of over 35 per cent. The project also provides an environmental benefit, as CO2 emissions have also been reduced by 72,000 tonnes.

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