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The districts of Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf and Pankow want to promote the facilities of school roofs with photovoltaic panels for private investors is a crisis-proof and high-return investment here. Berlin, 22 June 2009 festivals and guaranteed feed-in tariffs, low interest rates and lower prices for solar modules are investments in solar photovoltaic systems currently attractive as never before. The districts of Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf and Pankow therefore have the Berlin company for alternative energy, ever energy group and Cleanenergies GmbH in June, tasked to provide roof with photovoltaic panels on school buildings. Solar panels will be installed on approximately 40,000 square meters roof surfaces on 29 school buildings which corresponds to an area of about six football fields. The approximately 7,700 photovoltaic solar modules with a total capacity of 1,390 kWp are together an annual amount of 1.25 million kilowatt hours of electricity produce and about 139,000 metric tons of CO2 Save. More than 300 households with an average power consumption of 4,000 kilowatt hours per year can be powered as environmentally friendly. Since 2004, roofs of public buildings of the Federal State of Berlin are awarded to private investors for the installation of photovoltaic systems.

The “solar roof Exchange” is the common roof of the Senate Administration and district offices. The districts improve with this measure not only provide their carbon footprint the Berlin State budget additional revenue for the school roofs in Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf and Pankow are approximately 15,000 euros a year. These numbers make clear, great economic and ecological potential in unused roof space”, says Steve Neumann, Managing Director of Cleanenergies GmbH, which will be responsible for the installation of solar modules. The money for the photovoltaic panels on school roofs in the mentioned districts will come from private investors. You get in return Revenues from the electricity. Alone by the guaranteed feed-in tariff to the renewable energy sources Act (EEG), still 0.43 per kilowatt hour is this year, investors with this investment can generate a return of more than 9 per cent”, promises Matthias Streibel, Managing Director of the ever energy group, which has taken over the marketing of the roof space. Add interesting tax advantages are that photovoltaic panels may be written again decreasing since January 2009.

This means that investors can deduct 25% of the net value of their asset tax every year”, so Santiago. And as a result that we cover the calculated minimum yield of investment insurance, their return is even sure investors when it rains so much, like in June this year.

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