Rolls-Royce Takes another Step Toward Net Zero Operations

Source: 6/3/2022, Location: Europe

- Cooperation partners open solar park with 3.7 MWp capacity in southern Germany
- Use of the new solar park will save 1,300 metric tons of CO2 per year in electricity purchases

On Friday, June 3, 2022, Dr Otto Preiss, Chief Technology Officer and COO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, solarcomplex CEO Bene Müller, and property owner Gerhard Weber officially opened the new Berghof solar park in Tengen, southern Germany. The facility has a 3.7 megawatt output and will generate roughly four million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, saving 1,300 tonnes of CO2 per year when compared to electricity from the German grid.

Rolls-Royce focuses on sustainable power generation with climate protection program
The new solar park takes Rolls-Royce another step closer to its goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and facilities as Power Systems has signed a power purchase agreement with the operators for an initial period of ten years. “With our Net Zero at Power Systems program, we are pursuing strict climate protection targets,” explained Dr Otto Preiss. “With ambitious interim targets for 2030, we aim to be completely climate neutral by 2050 across all global sites and areas from production to supply chains to our product portfolio, i.e. in all three recognized categories Scope 1, 2 and 3.”

The company’s own sustainable power generation is a key element in saving greenhouse gas emissions. “In order to increase the feed-in of electricity from renewable sources into the grid near our plants, we are working even more closely with local partners. We are pleased to have found an experienced and competent cooperation partner in solarcomplex and to open the new solar park together today,” explained Preiss.

solarcomplex has already realized solar power plants with a total output of 50 megawatts
The civic enterprise solarcomplex has set itself the goal of converting regional energy supply largely to renewable energies by 2030. Solar power plants with a total output of over 50 megawatts have already been realized as roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems, as well as regenerative heating networks in 18 communities. “Throughout Germany, the expansion of renewable power generation must be accelerated, and Baden-Württemberg has a particularly high need to catch up. This can only succeed if more and larger projects are also implemented for ground-mounted solar parks. Our Berghof solar park shows how it can be done,” said solarcomplex CEO Bene Müller.

Solar Park Berghof - Facts and figures
Location: 78250 Tengen; South Germany
Owner: 1/3 Mr. Weber (land owner), 2/3 solarcomplex GmbH & Co KG
Installed capacity: approx. 3.7 MWp
Annual power generation: approx. 4 million kWh
CO2 savings per year compared to German electricity mix: approx. 1,300 t
Technical lifetime: at least 25, more likely 30 years
Technical and commercial management: solarcomplex AG
Power purchaser: Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Friedrichshafen

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