Sustainability

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THE SUSTAINABILITY OF SOLAR ENERGY

Worldwide demand for electricity is increasing constantly, fossil resources are being depleted at an ever-increasing pace and their extraction often results in environmental damage and climate change. The sun supplies us with sustainable energy that can be transformed into electricity via PV modules without diminishing the energy reserves of the sun. The use of solar energy enables us to help save fossil resources and protect our environment.

SUNFARMING PRODUCES

SUSTAINABLY ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY AND ECONOMICAL SOLAR ELECTRICITY WITH 95 MW OF OUR OWN SYSTEMS AND OVER 450 MW OF TOTAL PV SYSTEMS


* with 95 MW SUNfarming own systems


OUR RESPONSIBILITY

-Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)-


Beyond the statutory requirements, SUNfarming voluntarily commits itself to sustainable development and responsible commercial actions.
Leaving a clean environment and affordable energy to our children and grandchildren is our duty.

SUNfarming feels an obligation to observe this responsibility. We are convinced that with every newly-installed photovoltaic system we come a step closer to the goal of renewable energies as the source of energy supply.
Solar energy not only secures energy supplies in regions with few resources, it also creates sustainable, skilled jobs. With the knowledge and experienced gained from 20 years in green energy we aim to help to make our world more sustainable.

Read more: CSR-Link, pdf, download

OUR COMMITMENT

Our commitment does not end with support. SUNfarming pursues its projects sustainably and at its own expense, enabling hundreds of participants to train in the pioneering solar energy sector year for year.


SOUTH AFRICA

Food & Energy

Food & Energy Training Centre
education + jobs – food supply – energy security Food & Energy Project provides jobs and education, food and energy and infrastructure where they are currently needed. European technologies and through PPP partnership with industry, long-term reliable management of systems, secure investments.

Based on our own development SUNfarming and their daughter company SOLprime have designed unique agro-solar substructures for greenhouses for their partner company Alensys.
The roof is partly covered with solar panels to produce energy. 15 agro-solar green-houses, installed on site of the NWU University can be used continuously for practical training and research. 

This unique combination is securing effectively food production and at the same time a sustainable energy supply with PV.
The Food & Energy Training Project provides knowledge transfer in the food production in greenhouses for master trainers and students.
 
In resource poor areas or in conflict areas people from the region are trained to foremen /women in particular food cultivation in Food & Energy plants. The income situation of people is greatly improved.
For the first time this project was realized by our partner company ALENSYS with the support of KfW DEG. The SUNfarming Food & Energy concept has a number of developmentally very interesting effects:
 

  • At the same location of the PV energy production food is produced with water-saving technology.
  • There are created sustainable jobs in developing countries and crisis zones.
  • At the same time there are created self -sufficiency in food and security of energy supply by photovoltaics.
  • Improving the level of skills of the people involved. Even at a later return the acquired knowledge will be used.
  • Creation of direct income for the refugees in the host country, thereby increasing motivation and the identification of those involved with the project, as well as relief public creditor.
  • Contribution to food production, thereby improving nutrition in refugee camps.
  • Support of sustainable energy by combining solar PV with the agricultural part of the project.The concept is scalable. The project can be expanded with a corresponding multiplication of effects.
If you are interested in Food & Energy Projects worldwide to become a:
  • Cooperating partner university
  • Participating community
  • Project developer
  • Investment partner
  • Customer/vegetable wholesaler
contact:
Markus Köhn
cell: 0027 76 768 1326
mailto:m.koehn@alensys.de

Interesting Links/News:

Video Food & Energy, 28/11/2016
Video Food & Energy Training Centre

Opening ceremony Food & Energy Training Centre, 12/10/2016
NWU video
Article in Bloemfontein Courant

Potchefstroom Campus News, 12/09/2016
Video Food & Energy Training Centre

Potchefstroom Campus News
Food & Energy Training Centre

University of Nairobi
www.physics.uonbi.ac.ke

SOUTH AFRICA

Solar energy not only secures energy supplies in regions with few resources, it also creates sustainable, skilled jobs.

SUNFARMING SOLAR TRAINING CENTER SOUTH AFRICA 2013/14

6 PV training units, installed by SUNfarming on the site of North-West University, can be used continuously for practical training.

The training (Mastertraining) at the training centre is firmly integrated into the curriculum of NW University Potchefstroom until the end of the project in 2014, specialists are provided with extensive training and enabled to plan, install, operate and maintain PV units themselves in the future.

Over 360 participants were successfully trained in the basics of photovoltaics at the Solar Training Center in 2013/14.

Project partners:

  • North-West University Potchefstroom
  • DEG, KfW, BMU

Further information can be found on our homepage:


Syria

This project was supported by the “Climate Partnerships” programme in co-operation with the DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft).

Aleppo, Syria “SUNSyr” Solar Training Center 2011/12

Within the scope of the “Build a training centre” PPP project for photovoltaics in Syria we established training facilities at the sites AIC Aleppo Industrial City, University of Aleppo and Order of Syrian Engineers and Architects (OSEA).

Selected experts were trained as knowledge multipliers in the basics of implementing and utilising solar energy for electricity generation in order to independently train solar specialists and plan, install, operate and maintain photovoltaic facilities.

100 electrical engineers and installers were trained up until shortly before the outbreak of war. As soon as the security situation permits, SUNfarming will continue the training of PV experts at the training centre as quickly as possible, thereby making an important contribution to enabling energy supplies for the population.


Peru

Lima, Peru, Solar Training Center 2015

„SUNfarming and the training association SENATI, in co-operation with the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), are jointly erecting a training centre for photovoltaics and electromobility, thereby taking the first essential step for incorporating the training content into the existing training programme of the SENATI“.

More information can be found here:


Honorary positions

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BRM Bundesverband für Regenerative Mobilität, Berlin

The long-term goal of the regenerative mobility association BRM is to achieve a 100 % share of renewable energies in overall German primary energy consumption. To achieve this goal the technology-based promotion of mobility in all fields of renewable energies is supported. Existing framework conditions are being improved to enable the creation and marketing of biogenically and regeneratively created fuels.

Peter Schrum
Company Founder and Primary Shareholder of SUNfarming GmbH

Has been working since 2002 as Honorary Association President of the BRM (formerly BBK). Until 2009 Peter Schrum was an honorary member of the board of Eurosolar.

Martin Tauschke
Managing Partner of SUNfarming GmbH


Has been working since 2002 as Honorary Managing Director of the BRM.

More information can be found here:

 


 

Support

We support associations in the region

  • To start with new energy into the season
    With an the outstanding flow of energy the VfL Handball Club started into the new season. And now the energy is renewable: The SUNfarming GmbH, for more than 10 years successful in the field of renewable energies, is the new sponsor of the VfL Potsdam for the upcoming two seasons. Right on cue for the first home game the Potsdamer Eagles could present their new pants.
    Martin Tauschke, Manager and Co-Founder of SUNfarming located in Erkner near Berlin, shows his commitment to local involvement: “The SUNfarming GmbH has a long-standing relation to sports in Potsdam. As a Potsdamer and former sportsmen in canoeing, regional sponsoring has a special importance for me. My relationship to handball comes from my common time together with Alexander Haase and Björn Rupprecht in the school-team.

More information can be found here:

  • SUNfarming supports various associations and is the main sponsor of the handball team De Düwels, together with SG Pahlhude/Tellingstedt
  • The youth canoe club Jugend-Kanuclub Potsdam/Berlin receives financial and logistical support from SUNfarming

More information can be found here:

 

  • We provide financial support to Förderverein Handball SV Grünheide”

More information can be found here: