Heineken Commissions 6.5MW Solar PV Project in South Africa

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  • Heineken has commissioned a solar PV project in South Africa at their Sedibeng, Midvaal factory which will offset around 30% of the brewery’s electricity demand.
  • The 6.5MW solar plant, which has an estimated lifespan of 25 years, has been undertaken in partnership with The SOLA Group, a vertically-integrated provider of renewable energy solutions in South Africa majority owned by business magnate, Patrick Motsepe

“This project supports Heineken’s ‘Brewing a Better World’ goal to reach net zero (carbon emissions) status in all its production sites by 2030,” Richard Kriel, Heineken’s Engineering, Strategic Projects & Sustainability Manager said. “It is the latest move made by the company on its journey towards more sustainable brewing.”

Kriel was speaking at a launch event for the solar power plant at the company’s Sedibeng, Midvaal brewery.

The plant, which began producing power in May, is the largest freestanding solar plant powering a brewery in South Africa, and the largest within the Heineken group, boasting 14,000 panels with an energy capacity of over 6.5MW. It will provide 30% of the brewery’s electricity demand, the company press release states.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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