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Berlin: Mitte and Pankow book 170 photovoltaic systems




The districts of Mitte and Pankow have agreed with Berliner Stadtwerke to set up a total of 170 photovoltaic systems on the roofs of district-owned buildings. So progress is being made with photovoltaics on district buildings in Berlin. The solar systems with a total output of around 10 MW are planned to be installed by 2028. In addition, Mitte has agreed to build 40 heat pumps in buildings.


A total of 100 buildings in Mitte are to receive new solar systems, 16 of which will be installed by the end of the year. In Pankow there are 70, seven of which will be built by the end of 2024. The Berlin public utilities invest in the photovoltaic systems and the districts use the solar power generated for the buildings. Electricity surpluses can also be used for other public buildings. The package-based and standardized processing of these orders should bring time and cost advantages.


“With our services, we support the districts in implementing the Berlin Climate Protection and Energy Transition Act on the way to climate neutrality,” says Kerstin Busch, Managing Director of Berliner Stadtwerke. Together with the districts' energy and building specialists, who have secured capacity from Berliner Stadtwerke with the recently concluded declarations of intent, the municipal properties would be checked for suitability and the buildings would be coordinated with the district's plans.


“With seven new photovoltaic systems in 2024 alone, we are making a major contribution to greater climate protection in this city,” says Pankows district mayor Cordelia Koch. Most recently, the district agreed on the “Pankow package” for 24 properties with an output of around 930 kW with Berliner Stadtwerke in 2021.


Similar framework agreements for a total of 402 solar systems to be built by 2028 with a total output of around 29 MW already exist with the districts of Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Lichtenberg, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Reinickendorf, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Treptow-Köpenick and Spandau. Furthermore, another such contract is currently being prepared with the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district.

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