Solar power for car manufacturer: Sunrock continues its growth course

Photo: Sunrock solar roof installation at Mercedes Benz AG in Rastatt, Germany.

Sunrock is installing large-scale photovoltaic systems at several locations of the automotive group Mercedes-Benz AG in order to provide renewable energy for internal processes. In this way, the provider of solar power solutions is supporting the company in implementing its sustainable business strategy.
Sunrock, one of the leading European developers of photovoltaic systems for large-area roofs, is equipping buildings with photovoltaic systems at several locations of the internationally operating car manufacturer in Germany.

Capacity of around 23 MWp for 17 building roofs

The total capacity to be installed over the next two years comprises around 23 MWp at the sites in Rastatt, Kuppenheim, Sindelfingen, Kamenz, Untertürkheim, Bremen and Kölleda. Installation of the first systems in Rastatt and Sindelfingen began at the end of 2023. Solar panels manufactured in Germany by Meyer Burger, an industrial manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules based in Gwatt (Thun), Switzerland, will be used for one system in Kuppenheim.

After completion, the sites will be supplied with locally and sustainably generated electricity on the roof via a local Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Sunrock is thus supporting the car manufacturer in implementing its plans to expand renewable energy at its own production sites in Germany.

“The goal for all Mercedes-Benz production facilities worldwide is to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2039. The expansion of photovoltaic systems plays an important role in this. By turning our own production sites into production sites for renewable energies, we are making an active contribution to the energy transition in Germany,” says Arno van der Merwe, Vice President Production Planning at Mercedes-Benz AG.

Sunrock continues to expand

“We are delighted to support the sustainable business strategy of one of the world’s leading automotive companies. In future, Mercedes-Benz AG locations in Germany will receive locally generated solar power from their own roofs. We are grateful for the excellent cooperation and are pressing ahead with the installation of further PV systems,” says Georg Brenninkmeijer, Managing Director Sunrock Germany.

With the first project realisation for an automobile manufacturer, Sunrock is consistently continuing its growth course in Germany. In 2023, the company equipped a site of the transport and logistics company DSV in Möckmühl (Baden-Württemberg) with a solar installation. Sunrock also installed a photovoltaic system with an output of 3.45 MWp on the roof of Delta Development’s new “Positive Footprint Wearhouse” logistics property for Levi Strauss & Co. in Dorsten, North Rhine-Westphalia. This will enable the clothing company to use green electricity in the property from April 2024 and reduce its carbon footprint by over 1,300 tons per year. In Unna, North Rhine-Westphalia, Sunrock realised a photovoltaic system with an output of almost 2 MWp for Panattoni, the leading developer of industrial, logistics and commercial real estate in Europe.

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