The new plant will reduce the centre's carbon footprint by 650 tons of CO2 per year.

On Wednesday, 12 July, the currently largest photovoltaic plant in Styria on a shopping centre rooftop went online. The plant on the roof of the CC Real managed shopping centre Center West Graz produces as much electricity as about 500 households consume in a year.

Online since 12.07.2023

The plant cost around one million euros. “This investment will be amortized in about ten to twelve years”, says Roland Pinz, Managing Director CC Real, responsible for the management of Austrian assets: “The plant has a capacity of 1.2 megawatts, it will produce around 1.3 million kilowatt hours of green electricity and save 650 tons of CO2 per year.”.

CC Real has been committed to sustainability for many years. The company takes a holistic approach to sustainability and is proud to have successfully implemented another cornerstone in Graz.

Cost savings for tenants

The centre expects the plant to last up to 40 years. The Center West Graz tenants can expect significant cost savings, around 20 percent on their general electricity expenses, ensuring long-term protection against rising electricity prices. They have effectively detached themselves from the market, and 50 percent of their general electricity costs can be fixed within a price band for the next 25 years.

Two hours of free electricity for customers

With the new photovoltaic plant, half of the Centre West Graz total electricity will now be produced by the centre itself. Also new are 16 Tesla power charging stations for all vehicle brands, which will go into operation from mid-July and September. In addition, visitors to Center West Graz can charge their electric cars for up to two hours free of charge at a dedicated charging station while they shop.