Tiger Brands moves to buy first 2 MW of solar from IPPs as part of big renewables ramp-up
The initial capacity will be procured from independent power producers, or IPPs, which will supply the electricity under long-term power purchase agreements to Henneman Mill, in the Free State, King Foods, in the North West, as well as Tiger Brands’ beverages and home and personal care manufacturing plants in Gauteng.
Solar power generation at these sites is expected to begin between the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2023 and will provide at least a third of the electricity used by the four facilities.
Tiger Brands says the solar programme represents the start of a multimillion-rand investment and that, besides solar, the company is also exploring biogas, wind, batteries and hydrogen prospects.
“This is not a one-size-fits-all solution that we are introducing,” chief manufacturing officer Derek McKernan says.
“We want to ensure that we assess the requirements of each site individually and implement initiatives and innovations that best suit each site while removing all forms of power wastage.”
Tiger Brands reports that several initiatives are being pursued to bolster the energy efficiency of its manufacturing sites in line with a goal of reducing its energy intensity by 30% by 2030.
Courtesy of Engineering News – read full article here.