Following last year’s investment in solar panels on the roofs of Heineken’s distribution centers in The Netherlands, Triodos Renewables Europe Fund has made another investment in roof mounted solar panels for beer brewer Heineken together with the Dutch renewable energy supplier SolarAccess.
The joint project adds 2.3MWp solar PV production capacity on the roof of a Heineken brewery in Massafra, Italy. With the installation of an additional 8,800 solar panels the total installed capacity of the plant will be 3.3 MWp, which makes it the largest solar PV project installed on a beer brewery, worldwide. Due to the location in the south of Italy the production will be relatively high, matching the annual electricity demand of approximately 1,850 Italian households.
The generated electricity will be used by the brewery. The solar project realises a reduction of 1,722 tonnes CO2-emission and as such strongly contributes to Heineken’s targets to reduce its CO2 emissions across the value chain.
SolarAccess is a Netherlands-based international developer and operator of solar power projects. Frans van Schoor, CEO SolarAccess: “With these investments we continue to further strengthen the partnership with Heineken and Triodos Renewables Europe Fund. This partnership fits with our strategy to contribute to a more sustainable world and to the reduction of the carbon footprint of our customers. We can offer a perfect solution to companies on a global scale. These kind of partnerships are the success factor for a more sustainable future.”
With this investment in Italy, Triodos Renewables Europe Fund has further diversified its geographical spread by adding a new country to its investment portfolio. The fund offers investors the opportunity to actively contribute to the growth of renewable energy production in Europe.
Vincent van Haarlem, Fund Manager Triodos Renewables Europe Fund: “We are very pleased to add this Italian solar investment to the portfolio. The investment fits with our strategy to cooperate closely with long-term partners such as SolarAccess, with whom we have already realised several projects. This project significantly increases the use of green power and as such contributes to a much needed transition to a more sustainable society.”
Last year, both parties already invested in the installation of 12,000 solar panels on the roofs of Heineken’s Dutch distribution centres.
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