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Albasolar GmbH Provides 2MW for the Largest Photovoltaic Power Plant in Austria

The REC modules of 240PE will have to stand wind force of 140 km/h and snow weight of 9 KN/m2 / 1900 m above sea level makes this power plant the highest of Europe

(PresseBox) (Berlin, ) Albasolar GmbH, a company dedicated exclusively to the distribution of PV material, provides, in collaboration with REC Solar Spain, modules for the largest solar project in Austria, which will also be the highest in Europe. The power plant has a power output of 2 MW and will be located in the Niedere Tauern massif in the state of Steirermark, very near to the wind power plant built on the same peak. This project means a huge step in the positioning of Albasolar GmbH in Austria, where, until now, the development of renewable energies was limited to hydraulic installations.

The current commitment of the government to photovoltaics is consolidating the geographical extension of the distributor in the German-Austrian-Switzerland axis, where for two years now they have had offices in principal European markets. "We are convinced that this is a great project to show the quality of European products and the flexibility of our company to deliver, counting on our almost 20 years of experience in the PV sector" says Alberto Sanroman, Global Managing Director of Albasolar.

A project with scientific interest

The Tauernwind project is the largest solar installation in Austria and the highest located in Europe, winning the interest of the scientific community. With an investment of near to 5 Mil €, the developer, who is also responsible for the wind project in the same location, has achieved converting the Niedere Tauern massif into the reference mountain range in Europe in terms of renewable energy plants.

The use of the infrastructure of the wind park, the leveling off the ground and the light East/West slope of the surface of 400 x 150 meters was built with local workers, and most parts of the photovoltaic equipment are European. "Austria is a challenging market because the photovoltaic sector hasn't quite taken off, however we believe strongly in their potential" says Amparo Peralta, Managing Director of Albasolar GmbH. "Our customer believed in PV, and his choice has led him to create a strong reference project for photovoltaic ground systems, a segment which last year made up only 6,3% to the 86% of roof top installations" - added Peralta.

REC modules: Reliable power output under extreme climate conditions

The special location of the plant requires strong and reliable equipment. REC modules, produced with the most demanding manufacturing standards, guarantee a robust and long lasting design, together with a reliable power output. The high performance REC 240PE modules, manufactured by the Scandinavian company REC, and supplied by Albasolar GmbH, will have to face the climate of this region with strong winds and snow weight up to 9 kN/m2.

However, these conditions will not mean a handicap for capturing energy, on the contrary, particularly high performance is expected due to the leading performance of REC modules, which are optimized for all sunlight and meteorological conditions. (Proven data as per the latest Photon results, which position REC in a first position in every month of 2011.)

Low ambient temperature, extra cooling by the strong winds, as well as low pollution at this height will also be positive for the installation. As a result, the installation will produce 2,5 Mio kw/h a year, which is the same as the electrical consumption of 700 families. The annual reduction of CO2 will be 2000 tons, which means a save of 825t/year of fossil fuel.

REC group, in their commitment to the environment, guarantees, according to official analysis (Life Cycle Analysis), leading energy payback time, as well as a minimal carbon footprint in all its modules, thanks to the efficient use of clean energy during all the manufacturing process. "In REC we work continuously for the sustainability of our products in order to offer to our customers the best performance with the lowest environmental impact." - explains Ivano Zanni, General Manager of REC Solar in Spain.

About REC

REC is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy industry. Ranked among the world's largest producers of polysilicon and wafers for solar applications and a rapidly growing manufacturer of solar cells and modules, REC also engages in project development activities in selected PV segments. Founded in Norway in 1996, REC is an international solar company employing about 3.900 people worldwide with revenues approximately of EUR 1.7 billion in 2010.

Visit www.recgroup.com to learn more about REC

ALBASOLAR GmbH

Albasolar GmbH has vast experience with renewable energy. Starting in 1993, with headquarters in Spain, it is one of the few companies in Europe focused on the wholesale distribution of PV material. They have notable presence all over the world in places such as the USA, South/Central America, Germany, France and Portugal.

Due to a series of strategic agreements made with some of the leading module manufacturers in the world, like REC Solar, Albasolar is able to provide its customers with the best service and products. Customers are provided with the convenience of a one-stop shop for all their needs, professional hands-on technical advising, individualized attention, and with Albasolar's guarantee; a company synonymous with trust in the photovoltaic market since 1993 Follow us on: www.albasolar.com