How SMEs can boost their independence with photovoltaics.

90% of companies registered in Germany are small-to-medium-sized businesses or SMEs. Uwe Kirmse from N-Tec in Leverkusen believes industry & the environment can unite, and so N-Tec's started its own energy revolution.
Two-thirds of the energy produced by their system powers the company’s own equipment and an electric car.
The Vision 60M style (280 Wp) modules supply a maximum output of 98 kWp.
saved in electricity costs per year
They were able to significantly reduce annual electricity costs by maximising the company’s own use. This had positive effects on the environment and company profits.

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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. 

„I acknowledge my responsibility not just in relation to my staff – but the environment, too.“
Uwe Kirmse, managing director of N-Tec – a manufacturer of high-quality die-cutting tools 

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. 

Overview of savings 

The predicted savings of 30–40% of total energy costs have already materialised – with potential for more. With rising energy prices and N-Tec’s high energy consumption, the company can anticipate further savings through this route every year.  

The environmental footprint has also been reduced. This is a goal that Uwe Kirmse takes seriously, and he would appreciate more governmental support in this area. Ultimately, more companies integrating clean energy generation into their business model would benefit us all. 

Uwe Kirmse from N-Tec is making his company more energy-independent.
The 350 Vision 60M style (280 Wp) modules supply a maximum output of 98 kWp.
With its new solar panels, N-Tec has been able to reduce its annual energy costs by almost €10,000.
The self-generated electricity also powers the company car.

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. 

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