With the investment in a photovoltaic solar power system LINGL as the regional winner of the ÖKOPROFIT 2009 award set a new milestone with regard to sustainability and conservation of resources. Within three months the roofs of eight production halls with a surface of 6600 sqm were equipped with photovoltaic elements which is almost the size of a football field. For the manufacturer of machinery and equipment operating all over the world this is an ecology-minded investment into the future. The solar power plant with 4000 installed modules was designed for a nominal capacity of 900 kWp. Depending on the grade of solar radiation LINGL is able to produce more electrical power than required in the factory. The power surplus is fed into the public power network. "As one of the world's leading manufacturers of heavy clay ceramic plants energy efficiency of our products is one of the most important factors in competition for us. With their LINGL plants our customers produce well-priced ceramic building materials which are natural, pure and sustainable. Therefore it goes without saying that LINGL makes a contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions in its own manufacturing process, too" said the Managing Director, Frank Appel. With the installation of this photovoltaic solar power plant LINGL emphasises the engagement for energy efficiency and resource conservation. The mid-size family-run, company, employs 650 people all over the world and manufactures machinery and plants for the production of ceramic building materials such as bricks, roof tiles, split tiles and stoneware pipes at Krumbach, the location of the company's headquarters. With their longevity and excellent thermal insulation and sound protection values houses and buildings made of ceramic building materials like bricks feature an extremely positive eco-balance.