BayWa r.e. Solar Trade expands headquarters with sustainable new premises and Tübingen’s largest PV system

Solar PV distributor BayWa r.e. Solar Trade is expanding its Tübingen headquarters with two new buildings constructed primarily from glass and wood, situated alongside a 11,000 square metre warehouse upon which has been installed a 1.3 MWp solar panel array.  
BayWa r.e. Solar Trade expands headquarters with sustainable new premises and Tübingen’s largest PV system
Turingen HQ. Courtesy of Bayware r.e.

The new buildings provide office, logistics, and warehousing space at the Tübingen site. Around 100 new office workstations are now powering the company's strong growth. The expansion, fuelled by 20 million euros of investment, utilises the super-sustainable Plus Energy construction standard in which buildings generate more energy than they consume.

Baden-Württemberg's member of the state parliament, Daniel Lede Abal, Tübingen’s mayor Boris Palmer, and TV presenter Claudia Kleinert were present for the opening ceremony. Joining them were Günter Haug, Frank Jessel and Alexander Schütt of BayWa r.e.

Generating 1.3 million kWh per year, the solar panel array is the largest PV installation in Tübingen meaning that almost twice as much electricity is produced on the new buildings than is consumed.

The rooftop PV system supplies electricity for electric forklift trucks, and wall boxes for charging employee’s electric cars and e-bikes. It also powers the building’s day-to-day energy needs, heating, and air conditioning through heating and cooling ceilings. The concept is supported by six industrial heat pumps and a modern solar storage system with a capacity of 1 MWh.

“The new building shows that sustainable engagement is possible in every area, especially in real estate construction” said Claudia Kleinert, TV presenter and climate expert. “Only in this way can we reduce our emissions and actively fight climate change. Tübingen is an ideal example of what future construction projects of this kind can look like throughout Germany.”

Frank Jessel, Global Director Solar Trade at BayWa r.e. added that the success of the energy transition is reflected in the rapid growth of the company in Tübingen.

“Our colleagues have done a great job in recent years and are the reason why the site is thriving and expanding” said Mr Jessel. “However, we stay true to our sustainability philosophy and make sure that the increased warehouse and office capacity does not come at the expense of the environment.”

Boris Palmer, Mayor of Tübingen, said that the inauguration of BayWa r.e.'s new building is in line with Tübingen's goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2030 and that the sustainable construction of the offices and warehouses benefits both energy efficiency and climate protection and thus serves as a model for future properties.

“This is in large part due to their modern PV roof systems, which clearly emphasise Tübingen's commitment to the fight against climate change” said Mr Palmer.

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