Volvo is requiring its suppliers to provide a largely emission-free power supply from 2023. Mercedes-Benz wants to implement CO2-free production by 2039. VW wants to have climate-neutral production by 2050. As a major automotive supplier, Neuman is taking another step towards sustainable aluminum with its own photovoltaic power plant.
In the last 6 months, a large-scale photovoltaic plant was erected at the Marktl site, and an employee participation scheme was also implemented with the power plant builder. More than 40 employees were able to have a photovoltaic system installed at their homes, which pays for itself after only about 8 years due to the bundling of the many orders, while the payback period is usually 12-15 years.
In 2020, the Neuman-Butzen plant was the first plant to be equipped with a large-scale photovoltaic system, and the other plants at the Marktl site are to follow in the coming years. Here, further employee participation is planned in order to jointly implement an output of more than 2,000 kW.
This will produce a total of more than two million kWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the electricity requirements of 4,000 households. The electricity generated by the large-scale photovoltaic plant will be used 100% internally to produce the aluminum products manufactured by Neuman in an even more environmentally friendly manner. Together with the Neuman hydroelectric power plant and biomass power plants, a total of over 100 MW of clean energy is produced in the form of electricity and heat, mathematically enough to meet the energy needs of the city of St. Pölten.
As a company, we are pleased to be able to make a contribution to climate protection.