IBC SOLAR and solarSTEP build one of the largest PV roof-top systems in Saxony-Anhalt for Arvato SCM Solutions

Distribution centre in Halle generates 70 percent of its electricity with photovoltaics

Bad Staffelstein/Frankfurt/M., October 19th, 2016 – solarSTEP Energie GmbH, a long-term Premium Partner of IBC SOLAR AG, equipped the logistics centre of Arvato SCM Solutions in Landsberg (Halle/Queis) with one of the largest photovoltaic roof-top systems in Saxony-Anhalt. This means that the fulfilment service provider will generate 70 percent of its electricity itself in the future.

Arvato focuses on combining ecology and economy at its distribution centre in Landsberg. The company provides logistics services to customers from the healthcare, consumer products and telecommunications industry, among others, in five hall modules. By using an energy audit, various options for improving the energy efficiency were tested. After all, 2.8 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity are still consumed each year in Landsberg, for example to operate conveyor technology, forklift trucks and air-conditioning systems for the cooling of temperature-controlled goods. The decision was ultimately taken in favour of a customised and modularly expandable PV system of IBC SOLAR, with which Arvato is largely independent of external energy consumption and is able to produce up to 70 percent of the required electricity directly on site in the future. The high self-sufficiency rate of the 1.7 MWp powerful plant is achieved by a direct connection of the PV system to the building technology and an intelligent control system.

With a 980-tonnes CO2 saving each year, the PV system is not only improving the environmental balance of Arvato, but will further reduce the electricity supply costs due to the cheap production price of solar power. “By doing this, we are enhancing the climate-neutral logistics and saving operating costs,” explains Georg Oelze, Director Operations at Arvato.

Arvato SCM Solutions not only relied on the experience of the IBC SOLAR Premium Partner solarSTEP when it came to planning and mounting, but further trusted the quality modules from the IBC SOLAR line, which were installed with the mounting system solarSTEP light on the flat roofs. The almost 6,500 modules were mounted on the halls in the space of just eight weeks.


Project details:



Halle/Queis (Saxony-Anhalt)

Roof area:

54,000 sqm (flat roof)

Generator area:

23,000 sqm

Number of modules:

6,415 IBC SOLAR value-added modules

Self-sufficiency ratio:

70 percent

System output:

1.7 MWp

Electricity production:

1.65 million kWh/a

CO2 reduction:

980 tonnes/a

Electricity for:

approx. 560 households


September 2016

Project planning:

solarSTEP Energie GmbH

Mounting system:

solarSTEP light


solarSTEP Energie GmbH