Mercedes-Benz South Africa to add 12.6 MW rooftop solar power to East London plant

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  • Mercedes-Benz South Africa is set to invest R100 million in further capacity expansion of their existing 2MW solar PV installation at their East London manufacturing plant by adding 12.6MW.
  • This will bring total power produced from solar PV ot 14.6MW.
  • The completed system is expected to offset around 20 percent of plant energy demand.

Mercedes-Benz’s has a broader goal of 70 percent of its energy demand in production from renewables by 2030. This commitment was made in the company’s sustainable business strategy, Ambition2039, set in 2022.

 “The installation of the Photovoltaic solar panels at our manufacturing plant is a key pillar of our energy strategy and will contribute towards the East London plant’s daily maximum demand requirement of 12MW in times of peak demand, ” said Andreas Brand, CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director for Manufacturing.

Set to commence in the first quarter of 2024, the project is a collaborative effort with a local supplier, emphasizing the company’s commitment to fostering partnerships that contribute to sustainable development.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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