- Nestlé has installed a ground mount solar PV plant to offset energy demand at its El Jadida factory in Morocco.
- The EPC contracted for the job is French company Qair Energy.
- The plant consists of 2,600 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on a 7,000 s/m of land adjoining company’s local milk and coffee products factory.
The plant will produce 1.7 GWh of electricity per year for the Nestlé factory and offset 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The food supplier sees this clean energy project as part of Nestlé’s strategy to halve CO2 emissions from all of its facilities by 2030, and to reach the goal of zero emissions by 2050.
This is Nestlé’s third solar PV installation in the region, with other factories in Dubai and Jordan also housing solar installations.
“All of our 25 factories in the region continue to enhance resource efficiency and sustainability,” said Remy Ejel, Nestlé Chairman & CEO in the Middle East and North Africa. “I’m proud to see that we have already reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions in our factories by nearly 60% over the last decade. We are committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity in our operations by 2025, as part of how we are addressing CO2 emissions and acting on climate change.”
“Nestlé’s solar plant in El Jadida contributes to the realization of the national energy strategy that aims to generate over 52% of the Kingdom’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, and which emphasizes the importance of clean and sustainable production in the industrial sector,” said Aziz Rabbah, Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment. “We strongly encourage private sector participation in meeting these national sustainability goals; and invite more entities to help create a healthier environment for us all.”
Author: Bryan Groenendaal