Housing Cooperative Wrocław South (Poland)

Housing Cooperative Wrocław South is one of the largest housing cooperatives in Wroclaw.

HCWS operates on the basis of Polish Housing Cooperatives Act. The history of HCWS dates back to 1946 when the Wroclaw Housing Cooperative was established as the main housing cooperative in the city. After 1989, the Wroclaw Housing Cooperative was divided into five smaller housing co-ops, including the HCWS which manages 102 buildings and almost 11,000 apartments with approximately 30,000 homeowners. The HCWS runs the Wroclaw Solar Power Plant (WSPP) project, which is the largest rooftop photovoltaic system in Poland. The solar power plant was developed using the co-creation strategy that engages the inhabitants. The PV farm since 2017 is in operational phase. A total of 2,771 solar panels were installed on rooftops of 35 buildings. The plant generates almost 0.75 MW of electricity and its solar panels cover an area of 0.5 hectares of roofs. The production of electricity saves 614 tons of CO2 emissions per year.