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Miele harvests the sun's power from Gütersloh roofs

Gütersloh, May 2, 2023 No. 050/2023
  • Town's second-largest PV array with 900 kW peak output under construction

  • Around 2,400 solar modules to generate 750,000 kWh green electricity

  • Construction work has started, with facility expected to enter service this year

Miele further expands self-sufficiency in green electricity. At its headquarters in Gütersloh, the company is currently installing the second-largest roof-top PV array in the town, comprising around 2,400 PV modules. The installation will have a total output of around 900 kWp and will generate more than 750,000 kWh of electricity per year – sufficient to power some 250 households, each with an annual average consumption of 3,000 kWh. Construction work has already commenced, with the facility expected to enter service this year.

An innovative solar power plant to help Miele increase its own power generation and reduce emissions which damage the climate is being built on an area covering 18,000 square metres – around the size of two and a half football pitches. As a result, the new installation on the roof of the central store for spare parts and accessories in Edison St. in Gütersloh is set to save around 370,000 kg CO2 per annum. This corresponds to the emissions of more than 200 mid-range cars with an internal combustion engine. Miele feeds the sun's energy which is converted into electricity into the company's own grid to power its production plant.

A PV system with a total of nearly 10,000 PV modules has been in operation at Miele’s production plant in Dongguan, China, since 2022. It completely covers the electricity requirements there and saves around 4.9 million kilograms of CO2 per year. “We are steadily working on further reducing our CO2 emissions worldwide”, says Rebecca Steinhage, responsible at Miele, inter alia, for sustainability as Executive Board member. “To this end, we aim to significantly increase the proportion of self-generated electricity from PV arrays over the coming years and slash CO2 emissions by 2030 by half compared with 2019 levels”.

As recently as February, the company announced it would back climate-friendly terrestrial heat in Gütersloh in addition to solar power. With the aid of geothermal energy, Miele will in the future save more than 4 million kWh of heat from fossil fuels per year – and hence around 600,000 kg CO2. Further photovoltaic systems and terrestrial heat projects are at the planning stage.


Company profile: Miele is the world's leading manufacturer of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floor care products. Their product portfolio also includes dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for use in medical and laboratory applications. Founded in 1899, the company has eight production plants in Germany, one each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Romania and Poland as well as two production plants belonging to its Italian medical technology subsidiary Steelco. Sales in the 2022 business year amounted to around € 5.43 bn. Miele is represented with its own sales subsidiaries and via importers in almost 100 countries/regions. Throughout the world, the family-run enterprise, now in its fourth generation, employs a workforce of around 23,300, of which approx. 11,900 employees work in Germany. The company has its headquarters in Gütersloh in Westphalia.

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Rebecca Steinhage, member of the Executive Board, and Lars-Dierke, Vice President Building/Architecture, present one of around 2,400 PV modules at Miele's headquarters in Gütersloh. Miele will use them to generate around 750,000 kWh of electricity from renewable sources and save 370,000 kilograms of CO2 each year. (Photo: Miele)

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