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FIEGE brings PV system online at facility in Zülpich

The new photovoltaic system at the FIEGE site in Zülpich generates more than 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually for captive consumption. (Photo: FIEGE)

Zülpich, 25 May 2022 – The logistics provider FIEGE has brought a PV system online at its location in Zülpich which will generate power for captive consumption by FIEGE. Covering a 5,000 square-metres-large rooftop, the system will produce over 400,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year. This is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 115 households.

“The sustainable and thoughtful use of resources is crucial for us, because as a family business, one of the goals that we are pursuing is to hand over a climate neutral enterprise to the next generation”, says Kai Alfermann, Managing Director at FIEGE Real Estate. “The direct use of solar-powered energy allows us to significantly lower our environmental impact. Contrary to conventional power generating plants, the operation of photovoltaic systems does not emit climate-changing greenhouse gases.”

Solar power generated is used directly by the logistics centre itself and covers most of the facility’s own energy consumption. Only at night or on dark winter days will FIEGE need to draw additional electricity from the public grid. In turn, solar power generated during periods where the production outweighs consumption will be fed into the public grid – for example, on Sundays, when the logistics centre’s power needs are low.

In addition to FIEGE’s captive power plant, LIP Invest, an investment company, is currently setting up a further two photovoltaic systems on roughly 30,000 square metres of roofscape. The systems will be brought online in August. These facilities will also provide electricity to FIEGE in the future.

In general, the almost 150-year-old family enterprise from Greven in Westphalia aims to boost the construction of new photovoltaic systems to cover its captive power consumption. Numerous logistics centres have already been fitted with PV installations, while others are in their implementation stage at FIEGE locations in Saxony-Anhalt and Lower Saxony. Moreover, FIEGE relies on CO2-neutral energy sources to cover its energy requirements, thereby reducing its annual production of CO2 by several thousand tons each year.

About FIEGE

The FIEGE Group, headquartered in Greven in Westphalia (Germany), is one of Europe’s most innovative logistics companies. A workforce of over 23,000 employed at 133 locations based in 16 countries back FIEGE and its international operations in core markets across all of Europe, and all the way to Asia. FIEGE is a fifth-generation family business that is regarded as a pioneer of contract logistics. Its modular solutions in Logistics, Digital Services, Real Estate and Ventures form the essence of its business activities. In 2021, the FIEGE Group generated 1.8 billion euros in turnover while overseeing more than four million square metres of logistics space.