Electrolux SA to Install 1 MW Solar PV System at its Solar Geyser Manufacturing Plant

  • Electrolux South Africa has announced that it has embarked on its journey to exit the national electricity grid and move to renewable solar energy at its Benoni plant. 
  • The move will foster it to cutting the organisation’s carbon footprint at its local Kwikot water heater (geyser) manufacturing plant by an impressive 40%.

Electrolux South Africa lean engineer Ughard de Clercq said the organisation was expected to complete the development of a major 1 MW solar energy system at its Benoni factory by November 2021. He said the company invested R16 million in the solar system, which it started building in July 2021.

“We plan to be climate neutral by 2030 in all our manufacturing operations. So far, we have implemented a 112 kWp solar system for our offices in 2020 and have saved over 96 tons of CO2 just this year. We expect that the 1 MW solar system will reduce our manufacturing CO2 footprint by 40%,” said de Clercq.

Once full completed, the solar system would comprise 1278 solar panels that would power the factory during the day, supplying as much as 80 to 90% of the plant’s energy requirements.

Electrolux South Africa’s Managing Director Murray Crow said: “We strive not only to manufacture sustainable products such as our appliances but to manufacture them sustainably. It is important to look after the environment and do our part for future generations to come”.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

LONGi Solar is a world leading manufacturer of high-efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells and modules.

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