Mabru Wholesale Market inaugurates the largest installation of photovoltaic panels in Brussels

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January 29, 2018

Nearly 8,000 photovoltaic panels were inaugurated last Wednesday, January 24 in the presence of Philippe Close, Mayor of the City of Brussels, Brussels’ Alderman of Economic Affairs Marion Lemesre, the President of Mabru Michel Barntsijn, the General Manager of Mabru Laurent Nys and the CEO of ENGIE Benelux, Philippe Van Troeye.

Brussels Wholesale Market - Mabru - has made its roofs available to ENGIE to place the largest installation of photovoltaic panels (PV) in the City of Brussels, and one of the largest in size of the Brussels Capital Region. With an area of ??more than 13,000 m² and a capacity of nearly 2.2 MW, these panels will produce more than 2,000,000 kWh each year, or between 25 and 30% of the site's consumption. This production corresponds to the annual consumption of nearly 600 families and avoids the emission of 830 tons of CO2 per year.

This installation offers Mabru local and green energy while making the most of the large roof area it has in Brussels.

After its successful entry into the private customer market in August 2016, ENGIE launched a PV tender offer for Belgian companies at the end of 2016. To this end, it created a new subsidiary, ENGIE SUN4BUSINESS. At the end of 2017, it had already contracted or installed 10 MW of PV capacity. It aims to reach 60 MW installed by 2020.

ENGIE SUN4BUSINESS is a partnership between ENGIE Electrabel and Orka, a Belgian company that has already deployed dozens of projects related to solar energy at Flemish and Brussels companies. ENGIE SUN4BUSINESS financed Mabru's investment through the third-party investor system. The latter will benefit from the electricity generated by the panels, free of charge. After 10 years, Mabru will become owner of the facilities. ENGIE Fabricom, a subsidiary of ENGIE, installed the solar panels and will be in charge of their maintenance.

Philippe Van Troeye, CEO of Engie Benelux comments: "The installation we are inaugurating today at the Brussels Early Morning Wholesale Market concretizes and illustrates ENGIE's strategy in the face of the challenges of what we now call the energy revolution. This strategy can be summed up in 4 "Ds": De-carbonization through the production of an ever greener electricity, Decentralization by the production of energy ever closer to our customers, Decreased consumption thanks to energy efficiency, and Digitalization that makes energy consumption ever more intelligent and connected. To achieve this, we can count on the complementary talents of ENGIE's 17,000 professionals in Belgium. They are active in the production and sale of energy, and also in energy efficiency services. We are therefore very well positioned to offer the best solutions for our customers as we do today for Mabru."

Michel Barnstijn, President of the non-profit association Mabru adds: "In order to reduce our ecological footprint, we decided to use Engie Sun4Business. The professional qualities of this partner met our expectations. Solar energy is an inexhaustible source of energy that is still under-exploited nowadays. Using the roofs of our buildings has become a necessity, which is profitable at the same time. The installation of these 7,988 solar panels in Mabru by Engie Sun4Business makes it possible to cover 25 to 30% of the electricity consumption of the site and thus makes it possible to place the Brussels Early Morning Wholesale Market in a new energy vision, showing awareness for the future of the next generations."