SOLON SE and Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Deutschland GmbH (SGBDD) have concluded a framework contract spanning several years to deliver solar modules with a capacity of over 70 MW. The building materials retailer is currently making a foray with its sales activities into the growth segment of photovoltaics. Using its own ‘Solarkauf’ brand SGBDD has developed a shop-in-shop concept that includes all PV products necessary to install a solar power system. It offers solar modules from SOLON in the segment for premium products. By the end of the year ‘Solarkauf’ shops will have been integrated into a total of 45 branches. The defined assortment of photovoltaic products can also be ordered nationwide at nearly 250 sites where the building materials retailer is represented.
SGBDD places great value on trained professional staff in order to provide customers with qualified advice. For this reason SOLON provides employees working in this new business area with comprehensive specialist training on issues related to photovoltaics ultimately allowing staff to provide expert advice to professionals such as craftsmen and even to end consumers. “This is a meeting of two strong brands. Establishing a sales network with Saint-Gobain Building Distribution puts us even closer to our customers in Germany,” comments Stefan Säuberlich, CEO of SOLON SE. “We have set ambitious goals for ourselves in this relatively new market and we look forward to having SOLON, one of the most experienced partners, on our side,” states Christian Rotthaus, Head of Marketing and Purchasing at SGBDD.
Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Deutschland GmbH is a company of Saint-Gobain S.A., Paris. The Saint-Gobain Group generated nearly €37.7 billion in 2009 in sales and, as one of the largest industrial companies in the world, employs more than 190,000 people in more than 64 countries. Its four main sectors are Innovative Materials, Construction Products, Building Distribution, and Packaging. Saint-Gobain is leader in all of its specialist fields. Shares of the Saint-Gobain Group are traded on twelve different European stock exchanges.
About SOLON SE:
SOLON SE is one of the largest manufacturers of solar modules in Europe as well as a supplier of solar system technology for large-scale rooftop and greenfield installations. The SOLON Group has subsidiaries in Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and the U.S. and employs some 900 people worldwide. SOLON’s core business is producing solar modules and photovoltaic systems along with planning and constructing large rooftop installations and turnkey solar power plants all over the world.
Therese Raatz, Corporate Communications
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