Coca‑Cola HBC in Austria is putting 2,000 hours of sunshine to good use with the creation of the largest solar park in Burgenland on the roof of its production and logistics centre in Edelstal.

This major investment in solar energy makes the plant an even bigger beacon of sustainable production, alongside the fact that since 2017, all products at the center have been made exclusively using electricity from renewable energies.

The Burgenland region is known as ‘sunshine country’ with Austria’s highest average temperatures andover 2,000 hours of sunshine per year. The plant in the little village of Edelstal now stands as a visible example of renewable energy and climate protection for the whole region.

The newly improved plant was officially put into operation at a ceremony on 6th September. The 2.86 MWp plant has over 9,200 solar panels and is thus the largest solar powered plant in Burgenland and the sixth largest in Austria. It generates around 2,924 GW/h of electricity per year, which is fed into the local power grid corresponding to an annual consumption of around 600 four-person households.

This all fits perfectly with the Coca‑Cola system’s sustainability ambitions, including the CO2 reduction goals of Coca‑Cola HBC’s 2025 Sustainability Commitments and The Coca‑Cola Company’s World Without Waste. 

Facts on solar energy in Edelstal 

  • Power generated approx. 2,924 GW/h per year 
  • 99% of the energy is consumed directly in production covering approx. 12% of plant's annual energy requirements 
  • Number of solar panels: 9,200