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Shortest Possible Time of Construction of a Solar Power Plant on Basel Trade Fair

The leading Swiss photovoltaic specialist TRITEC needed just three weeks of construction to connect to the grid a 1.2 MW solar power plant on the new Messe Basel complex designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron. The plant has now been added to the portfolio of IWB.

Since end of December 2013, the solar power plant on the roofs of Messe Basel Hall 1 has been generating energy for 285 average households in Basel. TRITEC Project Engineering AG from Allschwil realized the photovoltaic system on the leased roofs of an area of 12,000 m2. With a total output of 1.2 MWp, its 4,600 solar modules in East-West orientation annually produce 1,080,000 kWh clean solar energy. The output of about 650 tons of CO2 will thus be avoided. The plant is newly operated by IWB which have taken over the solar power plant from SUNinvest.

"In terms of logistics and time, the project presented a genuine challenge in the extremely bustling and closely regulated trade fair environment. We are pleased that we were able to meet all requirements and realize the plant on time in the tightly scheduled time frame of only three weeks", said TRITEC Project Manager Marcus Reitmaier.

Together with a neutral energy firm, Messe Basel had decided – in tendering procedures – on company SUNinvest as the contract partner for the photovoltaic system on the roof of Messe Basel. That company had offered, with the executing TRITEC Project Engineering AG, the technically and economically most sophisticated photovoltaic system for the available area and thus convinced Messe Basel as the lessor of the roof.

On the part of the architectural firm, it has been stated: "Herzog & de Meuron had proposed solar systems for the trade fair project. We are pleased that the client realized the intended concept."


Shortest Possible Time of Construction of a Solar Power Plant on Basel Trade Fair