PV system supplies school with electricity for healthy organic food

03/11/2015
Grammar school in the Alsatian town of Ungersheim installs 40 kWp system for self-sufficiency

Over 150 Axitec Solar modules provide electricity for the healthy organic food served in the school's canteen

To Jean-Claude Mensch, Mayor of Ungersheim, the future is green and therefore he and his municipality have stood for energy transformation right from the beginning. Another project has now been inaugurated: a 40 kWp solar system has been installed on the flat roof of the school's canteen to supply electricity for the daily preparation of 1,000 organic student meals.

 

The project was assigned in the course of a call for tenders by the Alsace region (France). Krannich Solar Projet SAS has developed the concept and won the tender thanks to its know-how. Greenpeace France and Switzerland were project partners.

 

The PV system was built by Krannich's system partner JK Solar. For the construction, high-quality products by German manufacturers were used: 260Wp Axitec poly modules, SMA inverters and the K2 D-Dome mounting system.The students of the Théodore Deck Grammar School have helped actively with the installation of the PV system, under the supervision of the construction manager. Each student received a certificate on the day of the inauguration. A screen, which has been installed on the school's façade, now documents the production and use of solar power.

 

Thanks to the PV system, the municipality saves Euro 2,750 a year on energy costs. However, this is just a secondary benefit to Mayor Jean-Claude Mensch. "Ungersheim is a so-called "Village en Transition". We are convinced that energy transformation is the right way and want to contribute to it by, for instance, generating climate-neutral energy.

We have been operating our swimming pool with solar energy for a long time and use pellet heating in the Cultural and Sports Centre. Even organic meals in the grammar school's canteen form part of this concept. In 2015, 70% of the budget funds have been allocated for this transition process. Jean-Claude Mensch is especially proud of the "Hélioparc 68".

With a capacity of 5.3 MWp, it is the largest Alsatian solar park, which was also implemented by Krannich Solar Projet SAS.