O&L to build solar plant in Germany

Sven Thieme

The Ohlthaver & List Group, Namibia’s largest private company group with interests in many sectors, is set to build a Philippsee photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Bad Schönborn, Germany.

This was announced by O&L executive chairman Sven Thieme in a statement following a ground-breaking ceremony on 21 March, when he said the investment in the floating plant project is being made through O&L Europe SE, the Germany Holding company of Olfitra.

“This is a remarkable milestone in our collective journey. With immense pride, we join hands with our partners and co-investors, O&L Europe SE and Phillip and Co KG to celebrate the groundbreaking of what will soon stand as Germany’s grandest floating solar park.

“This project epitomises our resolute commitment to innovation and sustainability. We are truly proud of our century-old legacy, built on the O&L foundation of authenticity, care and passion.

“We remain committed to responsible stewardship, ensuring minimal impact on the environment through meticulous monitoring programmes,” he said, adding that as the group sets forth on this groundbreaking journey, they do so with a shared vision of a brighter, greener future.

O&L Europe is a distinguished European holding company owned by the O&L Group which serves as the primary platform for managing and expanding the interests of the group in Europe.

According to Thieme, the development of the Philippsee project marks a significant advancement in sustainable energy development in Europe and highlights the group’s dedication to environmental responsibility, social inclusion and economic prosperity.

The official groundbreaking was attended by stakeholders from industry, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the municipality of Bad Schönborn, marking a significant milestone in the renewable energy drive.

This initiative not only represents a leap forward in sustainable energy, but also highlights the power of partnership in reaching important environmental goals, said Thieme.

This is highlighted by O&L Nexentury, a subsidiary of the O&L Group being regarded as a leader in providing solar energy solutions through the adoption of solar technology to benefit local communities through job creation, reduced energy costs and a cleaner environment.

The company, founded in 1919, has a workforce of more than 5 500 people and has been a pioneer in different industries, prioritising sustainable practices and making meaningful contributions to society and the environment.

The company’s commitment to technological innovation has also ensured that its clients receive the most advanced solar solutions, thus contributing to global sustainability goals and a greener planet.

O&L Nexentury has branches in Windhoek, Cape Town and Munich/Freiburg to serve customers with their respective energy needs.

– email: matthew@namibian.com.na

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