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Developing renewable energy solutions

Renewable energies are an important aspect of the energy transition whose development largely depends on national or regional policies and subsidies. Convinced of the importance of spreading these new energies, Rexel follows local markets as closely as possible in order to provide the most relevant solutions.


Photovoltaic solar solutions and electric vehicles

58,000

The solar panels installed on the roof of a vocational school in Boras will supply 58,000 kWh/year.

3.1 M

The number of electric vehicles in the world in 2018. This number should reach 150 million in 2040 (the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2018)

Throughout the world, photovoltaic solar solutions have demonstrated their efficiency in lowering the GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions of residential and commercial buildings. Rexel offers a full range of dedicated equipment: solar panels, mounting structures, inverters, special cables, and safety fitting.

In Sweden for example, Storel, one of the Group’s banners, recently installed solar panels on the roof of a vocational school in Boras that will provide 58,000 kWh/year.

In 2016, Rexel Sweden, specializing in solar photovoltaics, created a customized installation for Schneider Electric’s Swedish headquarters: a photovoltaic charging station for electric vehicles that uses the building’s network, which serves as an energy storage unit. The electricity produced by the solar panels is used, depending on needs, to supply the headquarters’ offices or recharge vehicles.

Rexel is also deploying these renewable energy solutions on its own structure. In November 2018, the Group inaugurated Cestas 2, a Regional Logistics Centre (RLC) in Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France). Rexel Group has selected for Cestas 2 a building that complies with the ICPE (Classified Environmental Protection Facility) and is certified as BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) guaranteeing low energy consumption for a limited impact on the environment. In particular, it will produce 20% of its power needs, thanks to 729 photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 200 Kwc installed on the roof of the building.

Optimize energy consumption through a multi-energy approach

Accounting for 40% of a building’s total energy consumption, HVAC is one of the most energy-consuming items. Rexel’s HVAC solutions aim to control this consumption while improving occupants’ air quality and comfort. Heat pumps or thermal solar panels produce heat thanks to renewable energies. The blending of the electrical, plumbing and heating sectors is one of the keys to this evolution. In 2015, the acquisition of Sofinther strengthened Rexel’s multi-energy expertise.

A renown specialist in the wind industry

Gexpro Services, one of the Group’s American subsidiaries, is a specialist in procurement and logistics for wind turbine manufacturers.

In the wind sector, Rexel offers procurement, supply management and provision of products for the assembly line. Its range covers electrical components, cables and all other necessary elements for manufacturing turbines or operating wind parks. One of its American subsidiaries, Gexpro Services, has become the worldwide specialist in procurement and logistics for wind turbine manufacturers. Every turbine needs thousands of electrical and mechanical parts and Gexpro Services can supply 80% of components, as well as made-to-order kits.