Power plant on rooftop print shop ON

ONachrichten not only provides a sustainability report, but also provides an example: Since last week, 380,000 kWh of solar energy has been generated annually on the roof of the company’s print shop in Pasching. To put that into perspective: that’s the amount of electricity that about 110 two-person households need per year.

The “green energy” project on the roof of the printing house is a major concern for Herbert Achleitner, CFO of ONachrichten: “As a media company, we not only want to think sustainably, but we want to live sustainability and take a leadership role. The first 714 PV modules were already installed in 2017, and in 2021 planning started for a now implemented extension with 430 modules, which were recently connected to the grid. Around 80% of the electricity produced by Sunpower units and Fronius inverters is used internally. “The conditions are ideal, as the general network is only lightly loaded,” says Achleitner.

The project was planned and implemented by a local company, CCE (Clean Capital Energy) from Garsten near Steyr. Managing Director Robert Bogner, who has also valued ONachrichten as a print newspaper for years, is also satisfied with the media company’s principle of sustainability, after all, he says, “The energy transition must happen urgently – waiting is a waste of time”.

Pictured: Herbert Achleitner (ON), Robert Bogner (CCE), Susan Dexten (Editor-in-Chief of ON)

Photo: Antonio Bayer

The fact that opportunities remain untapped bothers him: “For example, when the statistics allow it, it has been possible to equip noise protection firewalls with photovoltaic modules for a long time.

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That’s why it’s particularly fortunate that companies like ON are taking matters into their own hands. The demand for using large roof areas as “power stations” has recently tripled, and even increased tenfold in the case of private homes. That’s why CCE’s goal is ambitious: “By 2025, we want to produce electricity for 1.5 million homes – and that will save 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide,” says Bogner. Lukas Rosner, ON project manager for CCE, says that despite the current bottlenecks, materials are well supplied. “We ordered with insight.” Order books are full.

For ONachrichten, the extension of the photovoltaic system is another step towards sustainability: the vehicle fleet is gradually converted to e-mobility, city search routes are covered by bicycle or e-bike, water from rain is processed, process heat is used for heating and the newspaper itself is made from 80% recycled paper.