Juwi exits German PV rooftop business20. August 2012 | Applications & Installations, Industry & Suppliers, Markets & Trends | By: Sandra Enkhardt
Germany-based juwi has said it will not build any more photovoltaic rooftop systems in Germany. The decision will affect around 60 to 80 employees, who, it is hoped, can be incorporated in other areas of the project designer's business.
Instead, juwi has said it will focus on its core business, and develop cross technology projects in the field of renewable energy. The announcement was made at the unveiling of the company’s new energy-efficient building in Germany’s Wörrstadt, which was attended by Federal Environment Minister, Peter Altmaier.
Juwi spokesman, Felix Wächter said the decision was made during Germany’s photovoltaic tariff debate, which occurred in the first half of this year. As such, only the existing photovoltaic projects in Germany will be processed and no new orders will be acquired, continued Wächter. The company will still focus on ground mounted photovoltaic projects, however.
Overall, around 60 to 80 out of 400 solar employees will be affected. Juwi has said it will try and fit as many of them into other areas of the company’s business. To enable this, it has set up a special "task force".
Juwi is said to have grown strongly in recent years. Currently, it has around 1,800 employees working in 15 countries. The company covers all areas of renewable energy, in addition to working in the fields of electric mobility and storage technologies. It says it has realized 1,500 photovoltaic systems worth 1.2 GW, including many solar farms on converted land.
Translated by Becky Beetz.
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