At our technology sites in Germany, we are increasingly relying on solar energy. By the end of the year 2017, we were already operating a total of over 300 of our own solar photovoltaic plants. Two new plants were added in the reporting year. In total, the plants have a capacity of 4,000 kWp (kilowatt peak). In this way, we are reducing our ecological footprint by more than 1,700 metric tons of CO2.In 2017, only two additionalsolar plants (with a total of 16 kW) were installed.
With the additional expansion, we are approaching our goal to equip a total of 600 sites with solar photovoltaic systems in the coming years. In 2017, we drew up a concept specifying how we can render more roof space usable for photovoltaic systems. Our internal energy service provider, Power & Air Solutions, is responsible for installing the systems.