In several locations in Germany, Japan, the United States, and India, Daimler operates photovoltaic installations on roofs or provides roof space for the use of operating companies. More than 70,000 square meters of roof space are used for CO₂-neutral electricity production in this manner. Find some examples here:
Mercedes-Benz Hellas, Greece
Thanks to solar energy Mercedes-Benz Hellas wins approximately 27 Percent of its total electricity needs from the sun. Since 2013 the company saves 324 tons of carbon dioxide every year. The solar panel delivers 450 Megawatt-hours electric energy per year. With this amount about 130 private households could be provided with electric energy. The solar panel is installed at a surface of 4.000 square meters. It is contributing in the decrease of usage of electric energy from the Public Electricity Company. Moreover it helps to reduce carbon emissions.
The energy produced is supplied to the distribution network of electric power and is accordingly handled. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Hellas uses the solar panel in order to charge the smart for two electric drive car fleet in its company
smart EQ fortwo - Power consumption (combined): 13,0 - 12,9 kWh/100km, CO₂ emissions (combined): 0 g/km*, smart EQ fortwo cabrio - power consumption (combined): 13,1 - 13,0 kWh/100km, CO₂ emissions (combined): 0 g/km*
Daimler Logistics Center, Hannover
At the Daimler Logistics Center in Hannover more than 90 percent of the electricity used by the Daimler logistics center in Hanover will come from the facility’s own photovoltaic system. The system, which was commissioned in January 2018, will generate approximately 450,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per calendar year in the future. This amount corresponds to the annual energy consumption of about 100 four-person households. By generating its own energy, the plant will save approximately 251 tons of CO₂ per year.
Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, Chennai
The green energy revolution is a euphemism for Daimler’s Oragadam plant. The installed solar power generation capacity has increased from 0.8 to 3.3 Megawatts over the last three years. With three solar photovoltaic plants, installed strategically to harness solar power throughout the year, the commissioned installation has the capacity to electrify over 800 houses in India. The new solar power field, built on previously idle stretches of land within the test track area, consists of more than 10,000 new polycrystalline photovoltaic panels. Thanks to the upgrade, the share of solar power is now covering up to 28 percent of the average daytime electrical power need of DICV’s operations on site.
Various green production efforts have been an integral part of our DICV manufacturing plant and operations from the start. The massive expansion of our solar power facilities underlines our commitment to be an industry leader with regard to sustainability and environmental protection as well.
Global Logistics Center, Germersheim
in Germersheim over an area of 15,000 square meters, 5,060 solar modules will produce more than 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity every year. The new facility will reduce annual CO₂ emissions by 755,000 kilograms. The company is using almost all of the electricity generated itself.
Plans call for additional photovoltaic systems to be set up at the logistics centers in Cologne, Nuremberg, Mainz, and Reutlingen in the next few years.