Hodmezo Greenhouse, Hungary

 

A greenhouse in southern Hungary, is using self-produced solar energy to help meet its electricity needs and cut the cost of growing vegetables.

The PV system was developed and installed in just three weeks by Manitu Solar, a leading solar company in the region. Optimizing space to meet the customer’s needs, Manitu Solar split the 90 kW system across two locations. Roughly 50 kW was installed on the trapezoidal steel roof of a near-by building while 40 kW was ground mounted on the southern side of the greenhouse.

Built entirely with Canadian Solar CS6P-P modules, the system contributes to the owner’s overall renewable energy strategy. Using geothermal technology to heat the green-house, most of the additional electricity needs are now met by the PV solution. Offsetting electricity consumption with solar energy enables the customer to save over €12,000 annually.

"With over 100 solar PV systems installed in Hungary, we have a great understanding of the market and our customers’ needs. We are committed to building quality solutions at a competitive cost, and search for partners that share in our mission. Since connected, this PV system has performed better than initial simulations predicted. That is a true testament to Canadian Solar’s quality and value!" said Norbert Nagy, CEO Manitu Solar Kft.

 

With no government supported feed-in-tariff in Hungary, this project is a role model for the country’s emerging solar market pioneers. Looking to EU-funds to support green energy usage, the owner was able to apply for a 50 percent direct investment subsidy. Additionally, under a net-metering system the owner will receive credit for electricity the system generates in excess of the amount consumed within a yearly billing period. All this considered, the financial investment in the installation is estimated to be returned in six to seven years.