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Dow Corning shifts to solar power at German facility

Posted: 24 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Dow Corning facility? solar power? German facility?

Dow Corning GmbH announced it has installed more than 1,000m? of solar panels on the roof and facades of office and production buildings at its manufacturing facility in Wiesbaden, Germany, one of its largest in Europe.

For this undertaking, the company partnered with ESWE, a local utility company that manages an Innovation and Climate Protection fund to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The new solar panels could generate enough power to meet the annual energy needs of 35 households, the company said. The use of these solar panels will enable Dow Corning to decrease the total cost of its energy needs and contribute to more sustainable energy production for the region. The energy generated by the solar panels is fed back into the local electricity grid. In return, the company benefits from subsidies to buy electricity for its own energy needs. The Wiesbaden facility commits to reinvest 30 percent of these subsidies every year in sustainable energy projects aiming at reducing the site's total energy consumption.

"This project demonstrates what can be achieved when we are able to build strong relationships between our company, the local government, energy and material suppliers and environmental agencies. We can all work together in support of sustainability and energy efficiency," said Klaus Hoffmann, Dow Corning's European area president. Hoffman added that several Dow Corning sites across Europe and the rest of the world are already participating in similar projects to increase energy efficiencies and reduce their environmental impact.

"We are keen to take advantage of more opportunities like this one to actively engage in our global commitment to sustainability," Hoffmann added.

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