Coca-Cola South Africa expands solar capacity
There has been a significant surge in clean energy awareness and use in the production of products. Big brands have been expanding their manufacturing facilities' solar power generation capacity to minimize their carbon footprint.
Recently, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has announced plans to expand its solar power generation capacity. Out of 13 manufacturing units, seven of them use solar power to operate. The company is now targeting to install solar power at 12 of these plants by the end of 2020 to reduce its carbon footprint by 25% compared to its 2010 levels. Such changes are extremely important to save the planet and its limited resources.
The company's renewable energy project was launched in 2018 in order to fulfill their commitment to sustainability and further strategic goals. As part of their objective, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa installed solar panels at several manufacturing plants in the Free State, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KZN, as well as the Western Cape. With their solar capacity, the company intents to generate close to 18 MWh each year, amounting to 11% of the company's total electricity demand.
In regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing and technical director Henry Peek revealed that the lockdown has indeed delayed their plans for solar expansion, but as they are adding panels to other plants, they expect to reach their goal nevertheless. For the sake of full use of the generated energy, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa plans to cooperate with local municipalities and reach export agreements, which would allow green energy to feed the grid and benefit South African communities.
February 5th 2021