The Solar Advantage
The bilstein group not only focuses on avoiding CO2 - we also produce our own electricity. We have installed photovoltaic systems in our production hall in Ennepetal and our logistics centre in Gelsenkirchen.
The system in Ennepetal is one of the largest in the Ennepe-Ruhr district, covering around 6,000 square metres. Production uses around 80% of the electricity generated (approx. 700,000 kWh/year) for its own machines. The surplus ‘green’ electricity is fed into the general power grid.
The photovoltaic system in Gelsenkirchen is also around 6,000 square metres in size and has 2,200 photovoltaic modules. They can produce over 700,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.
The output of both solar plants - 1.4 million kWh/year - corresponds to the electricity needs of approximately 500 households.
Below you can see the output of our first solar power plant (2018-2020) and both plants together (2021-2022). Estimated figures for 2022. The photovoltaic system in Gelsenkirchen is not yet reaching its full potential.