How SMEs can boost their independence with photovoltaics.
It’s all about the bottom line.
Uwe Kirmse is the managing director of N-Tec, based in Leverkusen. It’s a company like many others in Germany, being one of many SMEs that form the backbone of the German economy. And these companies are facing very particular challenges. For one thing, they are the sole architects of their own success.
Many orders have to be processed quickly. But long-term planning comes with a lot of risk. Then again, failing to plan is similarly hazardous. That’s why Kirmse took action to reduce energy costs a few years ago – to increase the company’s independence in the face of continually rising energy costs. It’s an investment that is amortised fast and provides many positive side-effects.
As an entrepreneur, Uwe Kirmse must think of the future. That is why he values high-quality and long-lasting products. The combination of German manufacturing and comprehensive support gave Uwe Kirmse peace of mind. The expert advice, efficient installation and helpful post-installation support completely won him over.
Uwe Kirmse’s decision to invest in a Solarwatt solar panel system is the product of a healthy mix of pragmatism and idealism. But a warm and fuzzy feeling isn’t enough by itself, especially given that a company may well require money from the bank now and again.
An investment that pays off
In spite of all the economic constraints, Uwe Kirmse thinks about the big picture. And he is counting on as many fellow entrepreneurs as possible deciding to do the same.
It’s ultimately quite a simple calculation and it applies to everyone: The initial costs are recouped quickly. Once the system has paid for itself, you have a supply of clean and very cheap electricity. In energy-intensive companies, this can give you financial flexibility. However, it is often the first steps in the process that determine whether a company will decide to install a photovoltaic system.
Planned together, planned ahead
- Profitable plans: Together with N-Tec, we planned a system that will cover about 33% of the energy needs in the future and is already reducing annual energy costs by almost €10,000.
- Ready to grow: The existing energy meter unit was upgraded to support future expansions to the company machinery.
- Clean mobility: Another electric vehicle has since been added, which can be charged from surplus solar energy – especially in summer months.
Did you know?
Did you know?
The coalition agreement of the new German government elected in 2021 expresses an almost certain intention to make solar roofs mandatory for all new commercial buildings.