In recent weeks, we have been working intensively not only inside the office, but also on top of the building. Scheduled was the installation of the second photovoltaic system, which was set into operation today. There are now 86 Meyer Burger modules continuously running on the roof of our second company building.
With a total output of 33.11 kWp, it makes a decisive contribution to our goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030 at the latest. The system is expected to generate about 29,000 kWh of electricity per year, which corresponds to the average annual consumption of about ten 2-person-households in Germany. Part of the electricity will also directly benefit households in Dresden, as the surplus electricity generated at peak times will be fed into the public grid as green electricity.
More than 14 tons of CO2 saved already
The first PV system of Kontron AIS has been in operation since October 2021. To date, it has already generated over 35 MWh of electricity and saved more than 14 tons of CO2. “With the two systems, we will be able to generate about 30% of our annual electricity requirements ourselves. We will draw the rest from the public grid, generated from renewable energies,” explains Dirk Sauer, General Manager at Kontron AIS GmbH, and adds: “The energy transition is a topic that concerns us all, and we are glad to be making our contribution in two ways. Because our software itself contributes it’s share – quite specifically at Meyer Burger, from whose Freiberg production site our solar modules come and where our Manufacturing Execution System FabEagle®MES is used for production control and monitoring”.
Sustainability as an important corporate goal
The photovoltaic systems are a puzzle piece of the corporate social responsibility strategy, which bundles the entire commitment of Kontron AIS to ecological, social, sustainable, and fair corporate management. “We are aware of the importance of our responsibility towards society, our employees, the environment, our customers, but also our shareholders, and we are working on reconciling the many interests everyday” says Dirk Sauer.