Nestlé invests in solar power at Hammanskraal factory
The food and beverage giant has installed a solar plant at the site, comprising a ground-mounted system, with a capacity of 966kW.
The 1’806 solar PV panels are expected to deliver some 2’128’149 kWh of energy per annum, equating to 15.6% of the total electrical energy requirement of the factory for the full year.
This move is in line with Nestle’s 2030 ambition to achieve zero environmental impact in its operations and net zero emissions by 2050.
This is Nestlé’s second significant renewable energy project at a factory in the region, with its Harrismith manufacturing plant having been completed in August 2022 and sized with a capacity of 1’189kW, including a ground-mounted system and additional solar PV capacity on the roofs of the new carport structures.
In Harrismith, the 1’946 solar PV panels are expected to deliver some 1’714’191 kWh of energy per annum – 10% of the total electrical energy requirement of the factory for the full year. The system will generate approximately 45% of the factory’s demand during daylight hours.
Towards a 100% renewable energy procurement goal
“One of the key messages coming out of the COP27 climate conference was the importance of action and implementation to advance climate action. As a business, we firmly believe that taking action however big or small throughout our value chain, is how we will begin to make an impact on the climate crisis.
“We also believe that there is an opportunity to decrease GHG emissions through an increase in low-emission and renewable energy. Nestlé commits to having a strategy to procure 100% of electricity from renewable sources within the shortest practical timescale. The first phase of the renewable projects pegged to deliver just over 3% of Nestlé ESAR’s power requirements has gone online,” says Xolile White, technical director at Nestlé ESAR.
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