Cargill has inaugurated a solar power facility at its Cocoa & Chocolate site in Tema, Ghana.
The company says the project “contributes to Cargill’s global strategy of investing in environmentally friendly, renewable ways of generating power for industrial production.” Cargill says that by investing in renewable energy, “is living up to its responsibility to find ways to continuously decrease the environmental impact of its businesses.”
The solar plant is a fully automated, digital photovoltaic solar system. It augments energy needs at the site and boosts Ghana’s renewable energy portfolio by producing 764MWh of electricity annually. The solar energy produced at the plant is equivalent to powering nearly 400 homes with electricity for a year.
Pieter Reichert, managing director of Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate in Ghana, said “Cargill sets ambitious targets every five years to reduce greenhouse gas intensity, improve energy efficiency and increase renewables as a part of our portfolio. One of those targets is to increase renewables to 18 per cent of our global energy portfolio by 2020. Today, 14 per cent of our energy needs are met by renewables, and this solar project will help us realize our 2020 goal”.
The solar facility is one of a number of solutions Cargill has implemented at the site to improve its environmental footprint. Other recent projects include the installation of LED lighting, an energy-efficient grinding facility and a biomass boiler.
Collectively, all four projects at the Tema sites have resulted in a 32 per cent reduction in energy consumption, a 71 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions and 66 per cent increase in renewable energy generation.