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BALTICSOLAR Distribution Center, Hamburg-Altenwerder

Europe Commertial

  • Location:Hamburg, Germany
  • Date onstream:2011-07
  • System Capacity:509.3 kWp

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Michael Höchst
Key Account Manager Photovoltaic

We had the special challenge to choose solar modules that perform even under low irradiance. The CIS thin-film modules of Solar Frontier best met the requirements by providing optimal output even under low light conditions. They also convinced with their uniform black appearance – they looked the best.

Site Overview

Coordinates 53.30° N, 9.53° E
Average Global Irradiance 947 kWh/m²/yr
Average Temperature 9.2 °C, 48.56 °F
Average Precipitation 773 mm/yr, 30.43 in/yr

Technical Overview

Panel Type SF130-L (130 W)
Number of panels installed 3,918
Panel angle and Orientation 15°, -3° south
Output 487,200 kWh/yr
CO2 reduction 430,000 kg/yr, 947,988 lbs/yr

BALTICSOLAR Distribution Center

This Solar Power Plant of BALTICSOLAR demonstrates the integration of environmental energy generation into traditional landscape of the Hamburg harbor.

Based in Northern Germany, BALTICSOLAR is an innovative and leading company, founded in 2004 by solar energy specialists with deep experience in developing and marketing photovoltaic facilities. From consulting to purchasing and planning by its engineers, right up to installation by the experienced BALTICSOLAR construction team – all these services are delivered by the same company.


In July 2011, a roof mounted solar power plant was connected to the grid as one of the largest installations all over the city of Hamburg. HAMBURG ENERGIE and Hamburg Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) built a sustainable energy generating solution on a roof area of 29,000 m². By realizing this project, the local energy provider was able to complete its ambitious urban solar project of installing solar modules with a total capacity of ten mega watts in 2011.


The installation with Solar Frontier CIS modules can provide 170 two-person households per year with solar energy. The 3,918 CIS modules are both efficient and economical and have a total installed capacity of 509.34 kWp. Another achievement of the energy provider was the aesthetic integration of the power plant into the character of the harbor, which could be realized through the uniform black appearance of the modules. This project is excellent proof that traditional and future technologies can exist side by side.

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