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Source: BMW GroupLeipzig. The four wind turbines on the premises of the BMW Group Plant Leipzig have been supplying the production of the BMW i3 with green electricity from wind energy since 2013. The BMW Group’s first fully electric vehicle has been produced with locally produced green electricity since day one. The wind turbines have a total height of 190 meters and a nominal output of 2.5 megawatts each. In 2019, 26.4 gigawatt hours of electricity were generated from wind energy. This corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of over 5,000 three-person households. During Advent, the four wind turbines play a special role: They become candles in Advent. Every Sunday in Advent another wind turbine shines in brilliant white instead of the usual blue – first one, then two, then three and then all four. 8 powerful LED spotlights, which are set up around the systems, ensure uniform illumination. The electricity required for this is produced by the systems themselves. The wind turbines cover around a fifth of the total electricity requirements at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. When the production of electric vehicles is idle, wind energy is also used in other areas and to secure the base load. In addition, the electricity from the 4 systems flows into the BMW storage farm, which is also located on the factory premises. In this storage farm, which has been in operation since 2017, there are up to 700 BMW i3 high-voltage batteries that are networked with one another. Together with the wind turbines, the BMW storage farm Leipzig links the decentralized own generation from renewable energies with a local energy storage as well as a large industrial consumer. With the additional integration into the public power grid, the BMW Speicherfarm Leipzig helps to relieve this and to contribute electricity. The wind turbines on the premises of the BMW Group Plant Leipzig are a widely visible commitment to sustainability, which is part of the self-image of the BMW Group. The BMW Group Plant Leipzig has been producing exclusively with CO2-neutral electricity since 2018. The proportion of electricity purchased from energy suppliers consists of 100% renewable energy sources. If you have any questions, please contact:

Kai LichteHead of Press and Public Relations BMW Group Works Leipzig, Berlin, Eisenach, Telephone: +49 341 445-38000, E-Mail:


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