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Solar Park Friesach: Environment Minister Gewessler and Governor Peter Kaiser opened Austria’s largest solar thermal plan

The largest solar thermal system in Austria was installed in Friesach. It covers the hot water requirements of district heating customers in Friesach during the summer months and contributes to heating during the transitional period. Based on a full year, solar thermal supplies about 15% of the heating needs of customers in the city of Friesach.

The Friesach solar park was implemented jointly by three Carinthian companies: “Unser Kraftwerk” built the solar park, the district heating pipeline and the buffer storage tank, and financed the project through a citizen participation model. The world market leader in solar panels, GREENoneTEC from St. Veit an der Glan, supplied the 436 large-area collectors. The solar heat is fed into the district heating network of KELAG Energie & Wärme GmbH and delivered to customers in the city of Friesach.


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Gerhard Rabensteiner, General Manager „Unser Kraftwerk“ |  Josef Kronlechner, Mayor Friesach | Robert Kanduth, Owner GREENoneTEC | Sara Schaar, State Councillor Carinthia | Peter Kaiser, Governor of Carinthia | Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Protection & Environment | Manfred Freitag, Board of Directors Kelag | Adolf Melcher, Managing Director of KELAG Energie & Wärme GmbH | Ingmar Höbarth, Managing Director Climate and Energy Fund |


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