WAREGEM, Belgium and FREIBURG and NECKARSULM, Germany, June 4 /PRNewswire/ --

- Framework Agreement for the Installation and Maintenance of Solar Systems for Electricity Generation Concluded

The company Lidl Stiftung, based in Neckarsulm, has entered into a framework agreement with Enfinity N.V. from Waregem, Belgium, and with SolarMarkt AG from Freiburg, Germany. The agreement relates to the installation and maintenance of solar systems on logistics centres of Lidl in Europe. The general project will be realised through a joint venture of the companies SolarMarkt AG and Enfinity, based in Frankfurt am Main. Lidl is planning to make an investment in the three-digit millions range in solar systems for the generation of electricity on the buildings of its European subsidiaries.

Lidl is one of the leading discount food supermarkets in many European countries and owns numerous buildings used for logistics and sales purposes. In the future, Lidl will focus on solar technology for the generation of environmentally friendly electricity.

Under the motto Auf dem Weg nach Morgen Lidl has already been contributing to the protection of the environment and the improvement of energy efficiency. As early as in 2006, for instance, a solar system on the roof of the logistics centre in Hartheim was put into operation.

The quality of the components and of the design is of the utmost importance for the construction of the system. Walter Leithold, CEO of SolarMarkt AG, explains: Thanks to our 24 years' experience in the construction of photovoltaic systems, we know exactly what is required to create high-performance and reliable systems. In addition to the skills of our designers, the fact that we can fall back on our excellent know-how in the field of technically challenging roof-mounted systems is a considerable advantage.

Enfinity provides extensive regional experience and knowledge of the markets in the countries where the solar systems for Lidl will be constructed. Our experience in the fields of financing, construction and operating, combined with a highly qualified staff, will contribute to the success of this trans-European project, says Gino Van Neer, CEO Enfinity N.V.

Enfinity and SolarMarkt AG will use special substructure systems and different solar module types for the large roof surfaces, which will guarantee the successful operation of the solar systems on a long-term basis. We developed a complete package for Lidl and will be operating the systems after their installation, explains Dr. Karl Bangert, manager of Enfinity Germany.

Preparations for the installation of the solar systems are already underway and the works will start in several countries in the months to come. In addition to Germany, the systems will also be installed in Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.



For further information: Enfinity Head Office, Jurgen Van Damme, Press and Communications - Phone. +32-56-28-88-88, E-mail: jvandamme@enfinity.be; SolarMarkt AG, Beate Suppinger - Press and Marketing - Phone +49-761-120-39-32, E-mail: b.suppinger@solarmarkt.com