Solar plant in Bulgaria:
In-house energy production
In Bulgaria, we’re taking the next step on the path to decarbonization by building the country’s largest in-house solar plant.
Photovoltaic project on a new scale
In June 2021, Aurubis Bulgaria started building a 10 MW solar plant on the premises of the site in Pirdop. As an industrial consumer of this size, Aurubis Bulgaria is setting new benchmarks for in-house production of green energy in Bulgaria with this project.
After its completion, scheduled for late 2021, it will be the largest company solar plant for in-house electricity generation in the country. The Aurubis-1 project comprises the installation of 20,000 solar panels on a remediated and recultivated landfill – with a total area of 104,000 m². CEZ ESCO, a company of the CEZ Group, is building the Aurubis-1 solar plant.
Reducing emissions with in-house electricity
With this project, Aurubis is taking the next step toward sustainable multimetal production: the project already contributes to our strategic objective of making our production carbon-neutral by 2050. Once commissioned, Aurubis-1 will reduce the annual external electricity consumption by approximately 11,000 MWh. This is equivalent to 2.5 % of the site’s electricity needs. Aurubis Bulgaria will thus save 15,000 t of CO2 each year with the project compared to the use of coal-generated power – that’s 225,000 t of CO2 over its planned operating life. In the medium term, this contribution from Aurubis Bulgaria will help the Aurubis Group fulfill its ambitious goals. The plant wants to produce 20 % of its energy from its own renewable sources by mid-2030.
These strong objectives will help further reduce our already very small footprint within the international sector and expand our leading position in environmental protection.
Petko Ivavnov, Project Manager at Aurubis Bulgaria: “We want to lead by example when it comes to sustainability, and the solar plant is another flagship project for this.”
Kiril Petkov, Minister of Economy in Bulgaria, and Roland Harings, Aurubis CEO, came to Pirdop, Bulgaria, to kick off construction of the largest internal company solar plant on June 24, 2021.