Balteschwiler relies on solar power


Laufenburg AG – Balteschwiler AG is installing a photovoltaic system with an output of around 3 megawatts on a roof area at the company’s headquarters in Laufenburg. It is expected to provide more than all of the wood mill’s electricity needs. Commissioning is scheduled for November.

Balteschwiler AG is having a solar power system installed on a 22,000 square meter roof area at its Laufenburg headquarters. Plans call for 8000 solar modules on the roofs of the logistics hall and the CNC joinery center. Together, they will generate 3.092 megawatts of power, the Aargauer Holzwerk informed in a statement. Ampere Dynamic was entrusted with the conception, planning and implementation of the project.

Balteschwiler anticipates annual solar power production of 3.03 gigawatt hours. “With the installation of the systems, our company achieves a degree of self-sufficiency of approximately 170 percent,” company CEO Jörg Langheim is quoted as saying in the release. “This enables us to supply up to 300 additional households with renewable electricity each year and thus make a not inconsiderable contribution to the energy transition.” As a woodworking and wood processing company, the family business feels “particularly committed to sustainability,” explains Langheim.

Installation of the system is expected to begin this month, with completion scheduled for November of this year. As early as September, Balteschwiler plans to use the first solar power from its own system. ce/hs