At the end of August the big day had come: three months ahead of plan, juwi Solar GmbH and German Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States, Wolfgang Tiefensee, inaugurated the world’s second-largest photovoltaic installation. The internationally operating logistics provider, Dachser, was responsible for logistics activities across the entire supply chain for the solar farm, which has been constructed north of Cottbus on the former military training site of Lieberose.
The 162-hectare site has the size of 210 football fields. The farm will help save 35,000 tons of CO2 per year, and with an output of 53 megawatts will produce enough power to cover the electricity needs of about 15,000 households.
Dachser Air & Sea Logistics was entrusted with handling the entire logistics management for the construction of the solar farm. Over the past few months, Dachser has moved 800 twenty-foot containers carrying in excess of 700,000 solar panels and 1,200 truckloads of equipment.
Dachser transported the modules from the manufacturer, First Solar, directly to the construction site, where the logistics provider had erected a 1,000-square-meter storage tent. Dachser coordinated the entire materials management for juwi. The company delivered the solar panels by truck to the technicians just-in-time, ready for installation. This meant Dachser kept distances short and CO2 emissions to a minimum. In the interests of the environment, the logistics provider returned the extensive cardboard packaging from the solar panels to the manufacturer for recycling.
‘Dachser has the necessary expertise, operates internationally and is flexible enough to realize new ideas and concepts such as that in Lieberose,’ says Christian Hinsch, head of corporate communications for the internationally operating juwi Group. With a staff numbering around 600 and annual revenue in the region of EUR 600 million, juwi is one of the world’s leading developers of renewable energy projects in the fields of wind, solar and bio energy.
Last year, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics established a center of excellence in Frankfurt specializing in logistics for renewable energies, which develops supply chain solutions for this sector worldwide.
In 2008, Dachser generated total revenue of EUR 3.6 billion. 18,175 staff working in 305 locations worldwide handled 43.3 million consignments weighing a total of 29.1 million tons.