Centroplan provides planning and design services for photovoltaic systems, especially roof-mounted systems for all types of commercial and industrial buildings.
The company was established in 2007 as a joint venture between the photovoltaic firm Centrosolar AG and Pohlen Bedachungen GmbH & Co. KG, which specializes in industrial roof sealing and greening solutions. Since then, Centroplan has established a broad base of loyal customers.
“One of our biggest customers is a major discount supermarket chain,” says Sales Director Detlev Heutz. Centroplan offers complete, turnkey solutions that include everything from project analysis and concept development to project implementation and technical and commercial management.
All Centroplan solar energy systems are designed to support the customer’s internal energy consumption. “Photovoltaic systems are no longer financed through feed-in tarifs but through minimizing the use of electricity taken from the grid,” explains Mr. Heutz.
Centroplan has 20 employees and annual sales of between five and six million EUR. Headquartered in Geilenkirchen, Germany, the company has branch offices in Barcelona, Rome, Lyon, Greater London and in South Carolina, USA.
“Our strategic objective is to further enhance internationalization,” states Mr. Heutz. “We design new solar energy systems in close cooperation with our customers and also work with them them abroad.”
A second strategic goal is to establish additional partnerships, such as the one with Sika Services AG. Together with the Swiss-based group, Centroplan has developed a SolaRoof concept for flat roofs which includes an assembly system which is easy to install and perfectly adapted to the roof sheeting.
“We are currently involved in a new project in Dubai in cooperation with a local partner,” Mr. Heutz describes the company’s successful international expansion.
Another important partner is the renowned Fraunhofer Institute, which works together with the solar firm in a ‘quality circle’ dedicated to further raising the potential of photovoltaic energy.
In the next three to five years, Centroplan wants to grow its export ratio from 30 or 35% to 50%. At the same time, the company continues to develop new technologies, such as novel energy storage systems.