Photovoltaic systems that create added value

These businesses are already benefiting from solar energy

IBC SOLAR’s PV plants and storage solutions are precisely tailored to each company’s individual consumption profile. Take a look at a few projects that our Premium Partners have realised for organisations of different sizes. 

Green image: Trading company logistics center generates electricity for direct consumption

ASKO Food Logistics, Norway

The challenge:

The trading company needs a continuous supply of large amounts of electricity for its logistics and cold storage facilities. The food wholesaler had one particularly important goal: Shifting entirely to renewable energies in order to become a climate neutral organisation.

The solution:
Customized PV plant for self-consumption using IBC SOLAR mounting systems, modules and inverters – installed within just nine days.

The result:

With this pilot photovoltaics project, ASKO positions itself within Norway as a pioneer in the field of solar plants. The company uses the solar power particularly efficiently, with a self-consumption rate of 100%. The food wholesaler also benefits from the ability to plan their electricity costs long-term.

  • Annual energy demand: 2.8 GWh
  • Plant size: 370 kWP 
  • PV system cost: €600,000

Smart controlled: Intelligent energy management in a large-scale nursery

Herrmann Kräuter, Germany

The challenge:

Herrmann Kräuter is a nursery and confectionery company that produces cut herbs on its own open land and in greenhouses. Every week, Herrmann Kräuter delivers 200 tons of freshly cut herbs to major customers in the gastronomy and food trade. The electricity consumption for cooling the fresh herbs, the packaging machines and for the lighting of the greenhouses is enormous. Not only during the day, but also at night. The company was looking for an integrated energy solution, with as little electricity consumption as possible from the public grid.

The solution:

Due to the high consumption around the clock, we installed a PV system with a capacity of 416 kWp and an additional storage system with a capacity of 207 kWh together with our specialist partner Kempa-Elektrotechnik. The system is controlled by an energy management system (EMS), which harmonises the heavy consumers, the PV system, the existing CHP and also the e-mobility.

The result:
The company Herrmann Kräuter uses the intelligent control of the EMS to avoid peak loads and to cover the electricity demand largely via the photovoltaic system. This makes the company as independent as possible from ever-increasing electricity procurement costs and keeps it as competitive as possible.

  • Annual energy requirement: 850,000 kWh
  • System size: 416 kWp + 207 kWh storage
  • Electricity production: 340,000 kWh/year
  • CO2 savings: 170 tons/year

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Self-sufficient without grid-connection

EnFa –The Energy Factory, Germany

The challenge:

The goal was to create a self-sufficient office and workshop complex, without any connection to the public power grid. The complex’s electricity needs were to be covered completely by renewable energies.

The solution:
Tailor-made PV plant for self-consumption, using IBC SOLAR mounting systems, modules, inverters and a 400 kWh battery storage unit.

The result:
EnFa is 100% energy self-sufficient and uses only renewable sources of energy. A total of 80% of its total energy demand is covered by solar power. In 2015 IBC SOLAR AG and it’s Premium Partner, Widmann Energietechnik, received an Intersolar Award for this outstanding project.

  • Annual energy demand: 155,000 kWh
  • Plant size: 112 kWP
  • Electricity expenses avoided over 20 years: €436,800

Sustainable Water supply at low costs

Farm, Namibia

The challenge:

A diesel pump had previously been used to irrigate the fields. Unlike the system prices for solar energy, the prices for diesel continue to rise.

The solution:
With the IBC PumpController, IBC SOLAR has developed the perfect solution to replace diesel generators. Using this solution, farmers can switch to a pollutant-free, low-cost and reliable water supply – without having to make any changes to the existing irrigation systems.

The result:
Since June 2015, an IBC SOLAR photovoltaic plant with a generating capacity of up to 17.7 kWp and an IBC PumpController have permanently replaced an 11 kVA diesel generator in Namibia. Since then the changeover has enabled environmentally friendly and above all reliable drip irrigation of the arable land – and it saves money: after 3 years, when the system has paid for itself, the daily expenses for 30 litres of diesel can be used for more desirable investments.

  • PV system with a generating capacity of up to 17.7 kWp
  • IBC PumpController
  • Daily saving: 30 litres of diesel

Hurricane-proof PV solution

The Grand Palladium Hotel, Jamaica

The challenge:

As an energy-intensive hotel business, the management of The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa was facing ever-escalating energy costs amounting The costs amounted to 530,000 euros a year. These costs had to be passed on to its guests.

The solution:
The 1.6 MW self-consumption plant by IBC SOLAR is the first in the Caribbean with a blocking system. The electricity produced can be consumed without having to feed surplus energy into the grid. The solar PV system was developed specifically for the Caribbean; it is lightweight, requires very little maintenance and can withstand hurricanes up to category 4.

The result:
The hotel, the tourism industry and Jamaica as a holiday destination will all benefit equally from the project. The total investment of almost 2.5 million euros is offset by energy cost savings of 16 million euros over a 30-year operating period.

  • Jamaica's largest self-consumption plant with 1.6 megawatt peak
  • Cost: 2.5 million euros
  • Energy cost savings over a 30-year operating period: 16 million euros

Using parking lots for self-consumption and e-mobility

IBC SOLAR, Germany

The challenge:

IBC SOLAR planned to construct carports on the employee parking lot and use the roof areas to produce electricity. The electricity was to be used as a direct power supply for the neighbouring headquarter’s offices and server rooms.

The solution:

A photovoltaic plant for self-consumption using IBC SOLAR Value-Added Modules.

The result:
IBC SOLAR achieves a self-consumption rate of more than 80% with its carport system. Since the company primarily operates during daylight hours, the company building can use a majority of the generated solar power directly. The plant helps the company reduce its electricity costs significantly and provides power for e-mobility.

  • Annual energy demand: 410,000 kWh
  • Plant size: 125 kWp
  • Returns based on internal rate of return method: 10.1 %