To us, the sustainable use of the earth’s resources is not only a business model, but also something we practice every day at our company. As an example, we now draw 100 % of our electricity from renewable energy sources.
Furthermore, we have attached solar modules to our roofs and facades at the headquarters in Reutlingen which are used to generate electricity. With a total of two large plants, we generate over 340,000 kWh of electricity each year. Yet it isn’t our company that owns this solar equipment – a group of employees does, who joined together to demonstrate their bond with our company and our mutual belief in photovoltaics. These employees financed the equipment themselves and, as a result, they profit from feeding the electricity back into the grid and the resulting compensation. The first module, put into operation in 2004, generates 100 kW. The second module generates 237 kW, and was brought into service in December of 2009. Our company also owns two smaller solar facade systems that generate 8 kW and 16 kW, respectively, and this equipment demonstrates the architecturally sophisticated integration of solar modules into facades. All in all, these modules generate approximately 340,000 kWh of green electricity annually, covering a large part of our company’s energy use.