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Energy firm E.ON and automaker Audi have partnered to meet their sustainability goals.

The two are developing a solar energy park at Audi's plant in Gyor, Hungaria.

The solar energy park is claimed will be Europe’s largest photovoltaic system installed on a building.

Audi is providing its rooftop whilst E.ON will install the 35,000 solar cells as well as build and operate the solar energy park.

The solar energy park will have an annual energy output of 9.5GWh, enough to power 5,000 households per year. This will help avoid the release of some 6,000 tons of carbon into the air.

Construction will start in August 2019 through the first quarter of 2020.

Achim Heinfling, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi Hungaria, said: “We are committed to the economical use of resources and therefore want to keep the environmental impact of our production as low as possible.

"Approximately 70% of Audi Hungaria’s heat requirements are already covered by climate-neutral, geothermal energy. Our goal is to have completely CO2-neutral plant operation in the future. With the construction of the solar-cell park, we are now taking a further step to achieve this in terms of power supply.”

Peter Kössler, Board of Management Member for Production and Logistics at Audi AG. “By 2030, we want all our production sites to be climate neutral. The use of renewable energies is an important lever for this.”